Senate Republicans reluctant to rush vote on healthcare bill

Lawrence Kim
June 26, 2017

"I call her Pocahontas and that's an insult to Pocahontas".

Trump also took a jab at Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren: "She's a hopeless case". "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".

Trump didn't indicate what types of changes may be in store, but affirmed that he had described a US House-passed bill as "mean".

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it". "Healthcare's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it".

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on congressional Democrats on Twitter Monday, saying: "The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas". Everyone expects changes to be made. He is seeking to push a final package through the Senate before the July 4 recess.

Some GOP senators are not so sure about that.

He said he would like to delay the healthcare vote.

Besides the five who have announced their outright opposition, several other GOP senators - both conservatives and moderates - have declined to commit to the new overhaul.

Without that addition, health care experts warned that the bill could create a "death spiral" where the proportion of sick individuals in the covered population would exceed the number of healthy consumers, causing premiums to skyrocket.

Dick Durbin said that the Senate GOP health care bill cuts taxes for the rich on the backs of the poor during an interview with Fox News Sunday. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the House bill would lead to 23 million people losing insurance over the next decade. But she said it will be "extremely difficult" for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates. "If this bill isn't good for Kansas, it isn't good for me".

The House bill would keep that measurement in place, but the Senate bill would change it in 2025 so that the caps would probably increase even more slowly, saving money while limiting potential benefits. "There is no excuse for any Republican or Democrat to oppose the Senate health care bill outright", group President Brian Walsh said Friday. The Senate bill would dramatically scale back federal support of Medicaid and phase out the money that the government has provided to expand eligibility for Medicaid in the states. The Senate bill would also slash funding to Medicaid from what Republicans call "gimmicks that drive up federal costs".

Sen. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonSenate Republicans reluctant to rush vote on healthcare bill GOP sen: "We should not be voting" on healthcare this week GOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Wis.) - who identified his opinion as "not a yes yet" on the Senate healthcare bill - on Sunday said the Senate should not be voting on healthcare this coming week.

"When I look at where we are at the size and effectiveness of this network, I'm blown away", billionaire industrialist Charles Koch told hundreds of donors during an outdoor evening reception.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it "is not anywhere close to repeal" of the Affordable Care Act. Famous last words, right?

Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican and the senior senator from Kansas, issued a statement Thursday in full support of the bill. We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare.I don't think they're that far off.

Republicans have endlessly cataloged problems with the Affordable Care Act, which they deride as "Obamacare", but party leaders face a bigger challenge now as they try to convince wavering Republican senators and a skeptical public that they have a better plan. "There's no way the Republican bill brings down premiums".

Trump has endorsed the bill, and Democrats say they will take every opportunity to link the legislation to an unpopular president.

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