Key Republican Collins has 'serious concerns' on healthcare bill

Posted June 26, 2017

"What we can do is if they cannot get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal", Paul said.

"So that's why they - there's such pressure on these Republicans. The Senate bill will codify and make permanent the Medicaid expansion, and in fact we'll have the federal government pay the lion share of the cost", said Toomey.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Johnson, a conservative from Wisconsin, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he wanted to see further changes to the bill before he could commit to supporting it, adding the Senate should not "rush this process".

Now Trump's healthcare plan is also under fire, and critics say it has been written in very partisan, non-transparent way - just as Democrats were blasted for doing when they wrote Obamacare. She was kind enough to join us from the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo.

That would suggest a breeze for Republicans' healthcare legislation to President Donald Trump's desk.

Trump has spoken favorably about both the House-passed bill and the Senate version unveiled this week, though he declared several times as he ramped up his campaign for the presidency that he would not cut Medicaid.

"It's a very complicated situation from the standpoint, you do something that's good for one group and bad for another", he said.

Over the weekend, senators and their aides were poring over the bill, drafting possible amendments, preparing speeches and compiling personal stories from constituents whom they portrayed as either beneficiaries or victims of the Affordable Care Act.

"Of Louisiana's two senators, Sen". Republicans plan to use "budget reconciliation" to pass the bill with no Democrat support.

"It's not that they're opposed", he said. Collins, who also opposes proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood, said she was awaiting the CBO analysis before taking a final position. "It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week".

Yesterday, shortly after the release of the Senate bill, he tweeted, "It's the ugly step-sibling of the House bill".

A survey conducted for the Chicago Medical Society of 1,059 Chicago-area doctors indicated 77 percent of respondents had a negative view of the House version of the American Health Care Act, and 67 percent said they would support a single-payer system. It also would end tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance policies and on larger firms that don't offer coverage to workers, while phasing out the extra money given to states that expanded their Medicaid programs to offer insurance to the working poor. Rand Paul can support. If it fails to reduce the deficit sufficiently or results in too many people losing insurance coverage, McConnell could fail to secure the 50 GOP votes he needs to secure passage. "And if they can't be addressed, I won't", said Cassidy. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare".

At least five Republican senators have announced their opposition to the bill in its current form - enough to doom the legislation.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace what he's calling "the dead carcass of Obamacare".

"We're very much concerned about the economic effects (of potential Medicaid cuts)", said Canary, whose organization has been a proponent of Obamacare repeal.

McConnell can only afford to lose two Republican votes amid unanimous Democratic opposition to the health-care bill.

"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 USA president said. "But we won't get one Democratic vote - not one". And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a awful thing. "Their theme is resist".

Trump didn't speak about any real specifics in the bill this morning.

Trump's concise critique of the bill has been a not-so-closely guarded secret over the past few weeks, but during an interview Sunday aired on "Fox and Friends", he confirmed that he'd used the m-word.