Donald Trump says Congress not 'that far off' passing Obamacare replacement

Marco Green
June 26, 2017

Conservatives floated two amendments for toughening up the Senate's Obamacare overhaul this weekend at the influential Koch network's confab of wealthy donors, as Republicans seek ways to win over detractors and tip enough GOP votes for passage.

Johnson's Democratic counterpart representing Wisconsin, Sen.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said it would be "very difficult" for President Trump and GOP leaders to get her support this week for the Senate's health care bill.

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". "We have ideas. You have ideas", said Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat. We're disappointed that the discussion draft turns its back on this simple solution, and goes with something far too familiar: "throwing money at the problem". Under questioning by Stephanopoulos, Collins did not say whether the Planned Parenthood funding would make or break her decision on the health care bill.

"I frankly would like a few more days to consider this", Cassidy said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Trump said it was hard to weigh competing forces while drafting the bill, but that the bill revealed by the Senate this week was a good start.

"That is why we need the Congressional Budget Office assessment", Collins said.

The CBO said that 23 million people would lose their insurance over the coming decade under a different version of the healthcare changes that House of Representatives narrowly approved last month.

"What I find so disappointing is these bills aren't going to fix the problem", Johnston said Sunday. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul - who released a statement Thursday saying that they are not yet ready to vote for the bill, but that they are "open to negotiation". "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare".

"I think right now - with President [Donald] Trump's shocking upset of the establishment still fresh in our minds - would be a good time for Congress to add a new ingredient to its legislative sausage: a dash of humility".

"I don't think they're that far off".

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, said Democrats would be working hard to defeat the bill, having already made clear they would co-operate with Republicans if they agreed to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

Meanwhile, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a key player in modifying the health care legislation, has praised the GOP plan, calling it "an important step in our effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms".

He told ABC's This Week that the Republicans have "at best, a 50-50 chance". Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) were among those who appeared on the Sunday morning political talk-show circuit to voice their reservations about the proposal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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