US Senator Rand Paul says would consider partial repeal of Obamacare

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

Even Mr Obama wrote: I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not ideal, nor could it be the end of our efforts. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington.

"There are lots of frustrated senators saying they didn't like the process of writing this bill, [but] none of them saying they would use their power to do anything about it", says Zwillich.

President Donald Trump pressured the handful of Republican senators who may be planning to vote against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to overhaul Obamacare, days before the Senate is likely to begin debate on the measure.

Still, the House's health care bill was also assumed to be on bad footing before it wound up passing.

Although conservatives have pushed back against the "caustic tone" in opposition of the bill, for many Americans whose health care will be affected, the stakes, as they've demonstrated, are really that high.

"I have to start off by, I guess first congratulating all of the millionaires on the incredible gift that they're about to get", Danielson said.

Like the House legislation, the Senate bill would impose major changes to Medicaid and curtail its growth over time and also would repeal the individual mandate.

"Medicaid is the primary payer when it comes to nursing homes".

Concerns about the legislation are building from both sides of the Republican Party.

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Collins, who also opposes proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood, said she would await an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before taking a final position on the bill.

In an appearance on the ABC News program "This Week", Collins said she has serious concerns about the cuts the bill would make to Medicaid and how that would affect the most vulnerable older Americans.

"They fight each other", the U.S. leader continued.

"It's not that they're opposed", he said.

A handful of Senate Republicans are meeting in secret to craft a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month.

He said that if Republicans come up with a plan that is "demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it".

Heller, like four other GOP senators who announced their opposition to the Obamacare repeal bill that was unveiled Thursday, left the door open to negotiations. Still, Schumer acknowledged it was too close to call as to whether Republicans could muster enough support on their own to pass the bill. "So, we have 142 pages to go through", she said.

As as Congress wrangles over implementing a new health care law, Republican and Democratic senators have not agreed on much, but there was one area where two lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle found common ground on the issue on Sunday. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders.

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