Trump says he's optimistic about Senate approval of GOP healthcare measure

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

"Well, they're also four good guys, four friends of mine, and I think that they'll probably get there", he said. Other Republican lawmakers have also voiced reservations, casting doubt on the outcome. Rick Santorum predicted that the Republican health care bill will pass the Senate with exactly 50 votes, saying the measure has enough "core Republican doctrine" to satisfy conservatives even if moderates reject it.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rand Paul (R-Texas) and. The CBO score could come as early as Monday.

President Trump on Sunday confirmed recent reports that he denounced the House health care bill as "mean" - and he wanted to make sure he got credit for it.

"I would like to delay", he said. "They're doing the same old Washington thing, throwing more money at the problem".

Sanders added: "There is no way on God's Earth that this bill should be passed this week".

"And honestly, nobody can be totally happy". He needs the support of at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators.

"I don't know quite why the rush", Cassidy told CBS's "Face the Nation" when asked about a vote before July 4.

"We don't have enough information", Johnson said. He said that the debate is "about the character of our country - who we are, and who we aspire to be".

The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month. That could result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage.

But critics point out that it phases out the Medicaid expansion that's a hallmark of the existing law and gradually reduces federal contributions to the program. The legislation would phase out federal funding for Medicaid expansion - now covering about 11 million people in 31 states - beginning in 2020, and shift more of those costs back to states.

Meanwhile, President Trump has sent mixed messages about the health care reform priorities that partly fueled his campaign. It would let insurers provide fewer benefits, offer less generous subsidies than Obama to help people buy policies and end the statute's tax penalties on people who don't buy policies and on larger firms that don't offer coverage to workers. "I want to see a bill with heart".

I was diagnosed with stage 3b breast cancer at just 25, and I rely on Medicaid for my care.

Kasich said he opposes the Senate bill and called on Republicans to change it. Famous last words, right? They'd like to get certain changes. "We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".

The Nevada senator joins four other Republicans in expressing opposition to the draft bill as it is now written.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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