Thune disputes claims Trump isn't involved in health care talks

Olive Rios
June 28, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had wanted a vote on the Senate's Obamacare replacement plan before the July 4 holiday.

The Kaiser Family Foundation said the Senate Republican bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would result in a 76 percent increase in monthly premiums for a silver plan in North Dakota after tax credits, compared with a 65 percent increase in Minnesota.

Now Trump seems likely to push into the discussion more directly, and he immediately invited Senate Republicans to the White House.

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid.

And McConnell's Kentucky counterpart, Republican Sen.

In the folksy analysis of John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate GOP vote-counter: "Every time you get one bullfrog in the wheelbarrow, another one jumps out".

But in this Washington cloud, there could be a silver lining for Trump.

If somebody had asked me in the 1990s to describe a typical Maine Republican, I would probably have said something like this: Fiscally conservative, but socially moderate.

President Barack Obama's ACA is itself based on a plan created in the conservative Heritage Foundation and enacted by Republican Mitt Romney as governor of MA. He is part of a bloc of senators who are withholding support for the bill, asking for changes to move the legislation in a more conservative direction.

"There is a sliver where all these circles overlap and if anyone can find it, McConnell can find it", Jennings said. We are going to talk.

"We don't know what kinds of backroom deals Senate Republican leaders will cut", Murray said.

Just 7% of those polled say they want the health care bill to do less.

There's certainly no sense that he is driving the debate toward an outcome that would fit into any ideological vision of his presidency. The health legislation to get rid of "Obamacare" was supposed to come first, but it has proven far more hard than anticipated. Paul LePage among those opposing the Senate health care bill. Lindsey Graham said Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Sen.

Trump is the most unorthodox president in memory and has broken many political norms.

There are popular aspects of Obamacare - no denial of pre-existing conditions, the ability to keep children covered until age 26 and expansion of Medicaid coverage to the poor - that appeal to many Republicans.

Trump pushed back Wednesday morning against suggestions that he was not deeply involved in the process.

"Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare".

Bringing Republicans together will test the clout of a president whose approval rating has dipped below 40% and has little support outside his, albeit solid, base. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., center, who has expressed opposition to his own party's health care bill, walks to a policy meeting as the Senate Republican legislation teeters on the brink of collapse, at the Capitol in Wash. Politico notes that Heller is one of the most vulnerable GOP senators up for re-election in 2018. But they won't, because the tax cuts are the thing that matters to them.

"Look, there's more work that needs to be done". Heller himself raised the issue with Trump, a source said. They fear Trump's unpopularity as much as they do his Twitter wrath.

"We always anticipated the president would be very important in getting us to a conclusion".

But Trump's time is now.

Without the mandate, many healthy people are expected to drop coverage, driving up prices for those who need it most and ultimately causing even more people to drop out of the individual market.

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