Thursday, 14 December, 2017

McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

Kristopher Nichols | 26 June, 2017, 13:19

But some lawmakers have doubts. But a defeat would be a bitter and damaging blow to Trump and his party.

Senate Republican leaders want a vote in the coming week on a plan to roll back much of President Barack Obama's health care law. But more important, like Collins, Heller set out conditions for getting his support that it's unlikely Mitch McConnell could meet without blowing up his entire coalition.

The Senate bill, which they call the Better Care Reconciliation Act, resembles the version passed by House Republicans last month but with some key differences.

"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.

"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.

File image of U.S. president Donald Trump.

On Twitter, Kennedy said: "I'll be reading through the Senate health care bill this weekend".

Senate Republican leaders are scrambling for enough votes to approve their health care legislation as soon as this week.

The Louisiana lawmaker said he could not back the bill unless his concerns about it are addressed. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Sen.

The bill is supported by Trump.

Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators.

"No one knows the Senate better that Senator McConnell", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom".

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he will not vote for the Senate's Obamacare replacement bill as now written. And the president called Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren "somebody that's just got a lot of hatred". Those include continued payments of cost-sharing subsidies to insurers, a repeal of the tax on health insurers, and a $50 billion stability fund created by the law.

The Congressional Budget Office plans to issue its analysis of the new bill as early as Monday.

GOP moderates like Alaska's Sen. "We should not be voting on this next week".

"I have a hard time beleiving Wisconsin constitutients, or even myself, will have enough time to properly evaluate this for me to vote for a motion to proceed", Johnson replies.

Without significant changes in the proposal, the senator said he'll vote with Democrats to block it from reaching the Senate floor. Heller said he thought the bill would harm the elderly, the disabled and people battling substance abuse, adding that he is "not confident" it will lower costs for consumers.

"It's not that they're opposed", he said. It was the building block for the Senate legislation unveiled Thursday.

Heller spoke at a news conference in Las Vegas with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican who has also assailed the House and Senate health care bills for cutting Medicaid.

The much-derided mandate for every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty has been removed.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.

Republicans should not rush this through the Senate, as did their colleagues in the House.

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

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