Trump seeks support for controversial GOP health care bill

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller on Friday became the fifth person to oppose the bill, saying that he could not support the current draft either. Susan Collins of ME said on ABC's "This Week" when asked whether the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump could get her support by week's end.

"If there's dissent on Medicaid, why don't we come back in six months and say, you know what, let's work with Democrats", Paul said. He earlier called a House reform bill, which contained similar funding cuts, "mean".

"Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we don't act, millions more Americans will be hurt by Obamacare's deepening death spiral", President Trump said.

The bill would make significant changes to the Affordable Care Act, which Obama signed into law over seven years ago. "He's in the eye of the storm here", Sandoval said at a news conference in Nevada as Heller stood next to him, looking vaguely miserable as Sandoval announced his opposition to the Senate bill.

"Based on what I've seen. the Senate bill is going to have more impact on the Medicaid program than the House bill", Collins said.

"If they can not get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal", the Kentucky Republican said on ABC's "This Week". Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he said: "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points".

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Ohioans are reacting to the long-awaited Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill released Thursday.

Those senators are Ted Cruz of Texas; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Rand Paul of Kentucky; and Mike Lee of Utah.

Democrats hope to use those rules to erase some language from the bill, including a section barring consumers from using the measure's health care tax credits to buy insurance that covers abortions.

On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role. And while Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have expressed concerns about language in the bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood, that demand, too, could potentially be addressed in order to earn their votes.

"We have a very good plan", Trump said in an interview broadcast in the United States on Sunday. "I think that they'll probably get there, but we'll have to wait and see". "And that's one of the things I want to talk about today", says Governor Brian Sandoval. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the House bill would lead to 23 million people losing insurance over the next decade.

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