Senator: GOP plan doesn't 'repeal nor replace'

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

Leadership is aiming to hold a vote-a-rama on Thursday, which is a rapid succession of votes on the Senate floor.

Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Medicare and Social Security, also blasted the proposed Medicaid cuts in the Senate GOP health care plan, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, saying Medicaid doesn't just help the poor.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in interviews they would like to wait and review the CBO score before pressing ahead to vote. For instance, liberal states might pursue government-run, single-payer insurance and conservative states might emphasize tax-advantaged health care savings accounts.

"If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes, I'll consider partial repeal", he said.

He needs the support of at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, one of at least five Senate Republicans who have voiced opposition to the bill pending in the chamber, has said "There isn't anything in this legislation that would lower premiums".

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey appeared on Sunday's Face the Nation backing up the Senate Republican health care bill. It would be more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and deliver a huge defeat for President Trump who promised to repeal President Barack Obama's signature bill. Still, Schumer acknowledged it was too close to call as to whether Republicans could muster enough support on their own to pass the bill.

Trump said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized the GOP bill before knowing what was in it.

Johnson's Democratic counterpart representing Wisconsin, Sen.

President Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the health care law Republicans deride as "Obamacare".

Progressive groups predicted IL will see hundreds of thousands people lose health insurance coverage if Congress approves the Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare.

The Republican lawmaker says, "This is largely a Medicaid reform package". "And that's what's making it so hard for them to pass it", Mr. Schumer told ABC News.

"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.

Collins says another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts.

"You can't take over $800 billion out of the Medicaid program and not expect that it's going to have an impact on a rural nursing home", Collins said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Collins, a center-right Republican, allowed for the possibility that the Senate could work late during an open amendment process and said she would withhold a final decision on the bill until the Congressional Budget Office issues an assessment on its effects, which is expected in the coming days.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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