GOP Senators Lay Out Demands on Health Bill

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

Trump says he believes his majority party is "going to get there".

"That said, if the circumstances were reversed and Democrats controlled the House, Senate, and White House, I imagine they would be doing the same".

President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing event for the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington.

The bill was drafted in secret by the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who unveiled it on Thursday.

In a Twitter comment Saturday, Trump voiced optimism about passage of the Republican plan, saying, "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"

"I can not imagine that these very fine Republican senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken Obamacare any longer!" the president tweeted Saturday.

U.S. President Donald Trump's healthcare reform could pass the Senate, but it will be close, and the Republican lawmakers cannot afford to lose many votes if the party wants to pass this controversial bill, experts said.

Senate Democrats are not expected to back it, which means McConnell can not afford to lose more than two Senate Republicans.

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with", the president said. "And I'm open arms; but, I don't see that happening".

The new Republican health-insurance bill is facing opposition from some of its own senators in the lead-up to a vote to approve it later this week. They fight each other.

Trump has denigrated Democrats on numerous occasions, including a jab at Democratic Sen. "I call her Pocahontas and that's an insult to Pocahontas".

Over the weekend, senators and their aides were poring over the bill, drafting possible amendments, preparing speeches, and compiling personal stories from constituents who they portrayed as either beneficiaries or victims of the Affordable Care Act.

The moderate Republican says she has "very serious concerns" about the proposed legislation but hasn't yet taken a position on it.

Ahead of the vote, Trump and lawmakers are waiting for an independent assessment from the Congressional Budget Office, possibly as early as Monday, on how many people would lose insurance if the Republican plan is enacted and projections on the cost of insurance in the next few years.

As more analysis of the bill reached state officials, especially in places that expanded Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act, misgivings grew.

A number of Republican governors have joined doctors, hospitals and patient advocacy groups in opposing the bill, in part because of its cuts to federal Medicaid funding that covers more than 70 million poor Americans.

On Father's Day, Frank Urtz of Shorewood found out his 28-year-old daughter has chronic leukemia. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare".

Schumer says Democrats have made clear they would be willing to work with Republicans to pass a Senate bill if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. "We don't have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".

Trump said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing the best they can to push through the bill.

"We have a very good plan", Trump said on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" Sunday.

Collins spoke on ABC's "This Week". "No way", Johnson said on NBC's Meet the Press.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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