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Not 'that far off' from passing health overhaul

Bennie Garza | 26 June, 2017, 12:39

"Health care is a very, very tough thing to get", Trump said Sunday on Fox News.

Under Obamacare, about 20 million more people have been enrolled in insurance plans, many of them under the government's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, which Republicans now want to cut by more than $800 billion over the coming years even though Trump during his campaign for the White House said he would not curtail it.

In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

"I don't think they're that far off". "Famous last words, right?"

"We also heard the House bill was never going to pass, we heard this guy could never get elected". "That would be fine with me; I'm just trying to get through Thursday night -- the vote-a-rama", a reference to a series of votes on proposed amendments to the bill that could go late into the evening. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the bill drafted in strict secrecy and hopes to ram it through as early as next week.

After a draft of the bill was released to the public, the Center for American Progress came out with its estimations: the additional number of deaths that would occur in 2026 due to the bill's passage would be between 18,000 and 27,000.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a doctor and one of roughly 13 Republican senators who crafted the bill in closed-door sessions, strongly disagreed with Durbin's assessment.

Trump on Saturday started to pressure the handful of potential Republican senators who may be planning to vote against the measure. For example, in 2025, the Senate bill moves to more severe funding caps for the federal contribution to Medicaid by using the consumer price index, rather than a measure of medical inflation that tends to rise more quickly.

Two senators, who span much of the ideological range of the Republican conference in the Senate.

There are headlines out there claiming Paul is open to voting for a partial repeal of Obamacare. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), are concerned with the bill's lack of attention to Medicaid programs.

Collins said another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts. This narrow group of wealthy people with power. They fight each other.

Schumer described the GOP proposal as "devastating" to the middle class and "that's what's making it so hard for them to pass it". Every single Senate Democrat is planning to oppose the GOP Senate bill, including ten Senate Democrats up for reelection next year in states won by President Trump. And for people with incomes above that amount, it offered subsidized private insurance plans that people could buy through online "exchange" markets such as HealthCare.gov.

It started with a mandate that almost all individuals carry a minimum amount of health insurance and that all large employers make affordable coverage available to their full-time employees.

Fundamentally, what Republicans in both chambers want to do is cut nearly $1 trillion over the next decade from the Medicaid program, which now serves almost 70 million people.

Though Johnson took a more agnostic approach to his criticism of his own party's bill, Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats, was far more acerbic in his condemnation of the AHCA.

How many Republicans will really abandon the twin pillars that have upheld the GOP for almost a decade - tax cuts for the rich and the repudiation of Obama?

A spokesman for the Koch network, James Davis, told Associated Press the brothers meant to invest up to $400m in swaying the 2018 midterm elections, and would continue to push for changes to the healthcare legislation.

Senate GOP bill: Prohibits Medicaid funding from being used at Planned Parenthood for a year; prohibits plans purchased using funding from the bill from covering abortions; prohibits funds allocated in the bill from going to health care providers - like Planned Parenthood - that are involved in abortion.

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