Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to say he would not support the measure in its current form. He said along with support from President Donald Trump, "I think we're going to get this thing done, put it in conference and hopefully by the August recess really have Obamacare repealed and replaced".

USA Today reports Heller is considered the most vulnerable senator in 2018, as he's the only Republican senator running for re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton.

President Trump spent part of his Saturday at Trump National Golf Club but had healthcare on his mind.

The Senate bill would phase out extra money Obama's law provides to 31 states that agreed to expand coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program.

"Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we don't act, millions more Americans will be hurt by Obamacare's deepening death spiral", President Trump said.

President Donald Trump will help lead talks to get the reluctant Republicans on board.

The Senate bill has faced significant blowback from Democrats as well as some Republicans. "That's what I want, make sure that we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada", said Heller. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would like to hold a vote this week before lawmakers break for the July Fourth holiday. Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he said: "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points". Paul said, "My hope is not to defeat the bill". But not all Republicans fully support this legislation.

Sens. Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee said publicly on Thursday that they are not ready to vote for the bill as is, although they are open to negotiations to change it.

As it stands, the Senate draft of the AHCA will make drastic cuts to Medicaid - even bigger than the cuts in the original House bill, which amounted to over $800 billion - screwing over mostly poor and elderly people. A number of other centrist senators-including Rob Portman and Shelley Moore Capito-have also voiced concerns about the Senate's cuts to Medicaid.

"We don't see them as cuts".

Sasse addressed health care at a private retreat for top donors to the libertarian Koch brothers' political network, which favors full repeal.

"We have a very good plan", Trump said in an interview broadcast in the U.S. on Sunday.

Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators.

"Threading that needle is going to be very, extremely hard", she said. The lobbying group is waiting to see the analysis of the bill's impact on spending and insurance coverage from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected next week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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