GOP Senator Says It's 'Hard' To Imagine Obamacare Repeal Passing This Week

Posted June 26, 2017

One of those senators, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, called on Sunday for a slowdown in the process to give the Senate and the public time to evaluate the healthcare bill. His concerns about the Senate bill ― written in secret and unveiled Thursday ― included that it could cause a rise in insurance premiums.

In the Sunday interview, Trump said, "I want to see a bill with heart". "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points".

That's not sitting well with GOP Sen.

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday that she has extreme reservations about the Senate health-care bill.

Trump said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized the GOP bill before knowing what was in it.

Without significant changes in the proposal, the senator said he'll vote with Democrats to block it from reaching the Senate floor. And the president called Massachusetts Sen.

Warren is a leading liberal and defender of the current health law.

But Republicans only hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, with all Democrats expected to vote against the Republican proposal.

The former presidential candidate doubled down on his claims from last week that "thousands of people will die" if the Senate bill passes, a line that drew ire from the office Republican Sen.

Schumer said Democrats have made clear they would be willing to work with Republicans to pass a Senate bill if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

He told ABC's This Week that the Republicans have "at best, a 50-50 chance".

"We are doing everything we can to fight this bill, because it's so devastating for the middle class", Schumer told ABC.

In addition to the five senators who have announced their outright opposition, several other GOP senators, both conservatives and moderates, have yet to commit to the new overhaul. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) feel the bill is too harsh.

The Senate bill includes big cuts to Medicaid over a period of time, eliminates taxes on the wealthy and insurers, and does not let insurers deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

Ron Johnson is one of the five GOP senators who have publicly declared they won't vote for the American Health Care Act as it's now written. She said she intends to wait for a Congressional Budget Office analysis before making a decision. "We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".

"We've a very good plan, " Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday.