Senate Bill To Replace Obamacare Could Be In Jeopardy

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

But, as tallied by the New York Times, five Republican Senators-most of them staunch fiscal conservatives-have already said they will not support the current version of the bill.

"If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes I'll consider partial repeal", Paul said on ABC.

"Make no mistake, this bill in the Senate, like the one in the House, would be a U-turn on the progress we've made when it comes to affordable care in the United States of America", said Sen. The plan would scale back aid to the poor and kill a tax on the wealthy.

The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans. "Look forward to making it really special!"

A GOP holdout on the Senate Republican health care bill said there's "no way" a vote should take place with so little time for the public and lawmakers to review the consequential legislation.

Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, oppose the current version of the bill for being too similar to Obamacare.

Some Democrats say they're ready to negotiate. "We believe we'll get more individuals covered than are covered right now".

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"I just don't know whether the votes will be there by the end of the week", said Moran, R-Kan., during an interview on "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo. Rob Portman and Shelley Moore are concerned cuts to Medicaid would hurt the fight against opioid addiction by limiting low-income people's access to addiction treatment. It did not sound like a lengthier phase-out of the Medicaid expansion would satisfy Heller the way it might satisfy, say, Ohio Sen.

Senator Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican who has not taken a formal stance on the bill, expressed her concern that cuts to Medicaid would affect it deeply.

Republican leaders are expected to bring the 142-page bill to a vote this week.

Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to criticise it in private as "mean".

This is the bill with "heart" President Trump told senators he wanted?

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with", the USA president said.

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