McConnell may not get his wish on health care vote

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, announced with three other Senate Republicans that they opposed the bill in its current form because it doesn't go far enough in repealing President Obama's health care law.

Sen. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonGOP senator blasts Senate healthcare bill for reliance on government spending This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote McConnell allies confident in healthcare win MORE (R-Wis.) in an op-ed published Monday criticized the Senate GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, saying the bill just throws money at the problem.

"Well, he (Obama) used my term, 'mean, '" Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday on Fox & Friends, adding that "I want to see a (health care) bill with heart".

"You can't take over $800 billion out of the Medicaid program and not expect that it's going to have an impact on a rural nursing home", Collins said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

"We've been disappointed that movement's not been more dramatic toward a full repeal or a broader rollback of this onerous law Obamacare", said Tim Phillips, who heads Americans for Prosperity, the largest of the Koch network's advocacy groups.

This first lie is important because it rationalizes the Republican claim that the bill has to be draconian because it can't pass without support from the party's most right-wing legislators. In addition to slamming the bill's effects, which would shift costs to older and sicker Americans, Obama said, efforts to tweak the Senate bill would not "change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". That approach relies on income-based subsidies like those the Senate bill includes, said Eric Borgerding, CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and deliver a bitter defeat for the president. "You have to have a policy to get your people healthier, gets them in a productive work force if you will and we're going to do that by intervening", West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026.

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"The working poor, disabled and elderly appear to shoulder the burden in this latest version of Congress' health care rewrite", Edwards said.

But it repeals the individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance without creating incentives for Americans to stay in their plans. "And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote".

"They fight each other", the USA leader continued.

She says she intends to wait for a Congressional Budget Office analysis before making a decision. "I think they have at best a 50/50 chance of passing this bill".

A White House official said the Trump has pushed his team to stay involved and plans to flex his negotiating muscle, the official said.

ROVNER: Well, of course, there's only 52 Republicans in the Senate.

"It's going to be a good bill", Trump said in a separate Fox News interview to air on Sunday. I would like to believe they are too decent for that. "No way", Johnson said on NBC's Meet the Press. Think of it: Their theme is 'resist.' Their theme should be, 'Let's get together.

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