Trump says Senate GOP health care holdouts are 'four good guys'

Marco Green
June 26, 2017

Under the Senate bill, individuals under the age of 26 would be allowed to stay on their parent's health insurance. He said Friday he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

Already five Republican senators have said they can not vote for their party's plan as it stands now, with four them saying it does not go far enough to curb provisions under the Obama law and one saying the cuts in healthcare payments for the poor go too far.

Hours after McConnell unveiled the bill Thursday, four other GOP senators said they also opposed the measure and several others expressed qualms about it.

Trump's role is expected to become more pronounced in coming days as the vote nears. However, the legislation can be amended before it's put up for a vote, so it's still possible that it will be tweaked enough to gain the support of enough Republicans to pass. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family.

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat that would be a major embarrassment to President Donald Trump and the entire Republican Party.

"For my part, I'm very concerned about the cost of insurance for older people with serious chronic illnesses and the impact of the Medicaid cuts on our state governments, the most vulnerable people in our society, and health care providers such as our rural hospitals and nursing homes, most of whom are very dependent on the Medicaid program".

That could add Heller's name to Trump's call list. Trump said on Saturday on his personal Twitter account.

The bill would cut and redesign the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people, and erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped pay for the roughly 20 million Americans covered by Obama's law. "But the bottom line is that most people will pay more for less care". The Senate bill also calls for a tighter cap on federal spending in Medicaid overall than the House bill did. Dean Heller (R-NV) and conservative Senators Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz.

Trump tells "Fox and Friends" that "we've a very good plan".

Huckabee said Clinton's rhetoric makes the parties "look silly" and shows "they don't have an argument". "They'd like to get certain changes".

"We've taken Medicaid and expanded it".

"We can not support the current bill".

For the House of Representatives' version of healthcare, Trump held regular meetings with representatives at the White House.

Clinton is also not the only Democratic Party leader who has criticized the bill.

The former president noted that though Congress may make changes to the bill during the next couple of weeks, those changes "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

While tax credits under the ACA were based on helping people afford a bad silver plan with large deductibles (roughly $3,500), the Senate plan will only help people afford a awful bronze plan with massive deductibles (roughly $6,000).

In Oregon, lawmakers this week passed a health care tax meant to fix a $1.4 billion, two-year budget deficit attributed largely to Medicaid expansion costs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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