Presidential debate: Trump, Obama clash over health care

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everyone is happy with, it's so easy, but we won't get one Democrat vote, not one, and if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind we wouldn't get a vote, and that's bad thing.

Senate leaders plan to vote Thursday on a measure that would end the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine if they do not, phase out federal subsidies to help lower-income people buy insurance, curb taxes on the wealthy and cut hundreds of billions of dollars in funding over the next several years for the government's healthcare program for the poor and disabled.

Another senator who has announced that he does not support the current version of the bill, Rand Paul of Kentucky, said he would back it if the Senate reached an impasse on healthcare. The Affordable Care Act bans lifetime limits and requires insurers to cover various so-called "essential health benefits" which states could waive under the Senate plan.

Paul added, "And it's a false, sort of over-promising to say, 'Oh, yes, insurance premiums are going to go down but we're keeping 10 of the 12 mandates that caused the prices to go up.' It's a foolish notion to promise something you can't provide".

Trump said he thought Republicans in the US Senate were doing enough to push through the bill and criticised Democrats for their opposition.

"Right now, we've got premiums going through the roof, deductibles are sky-rocketing". Activists and health organizations have argued that the bill's sweeping cuts to Medicaid would be life-threatening to many Americans.

He told ABC's This Week that the Republicans have "at best, a 50-50 chance". "We should not be voting on this next week".

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Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a doctor and one of roughly 13 Republican senators who crafted the bill in closed-door sessions, strongly disagreed with Durbin's assessment. "I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus".

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins said.

"He used my term: 'mean, ' " Trump told "Fox and Friends". "They're not going to go down after the Republican bill".

He said senators "don't have enough information" to vote on the bill.

Johnson said he is looking forward to working with Senate leadership and the president to "improve the bill so it addresses the plight of the forgotten men and women by returning freedom and choice to health care". I don't see that leading it. Johnson spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House bill which, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law.

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