Tom Price promises GOP won't pull 'rug out' on health care

Posted June 26, 2017

The president is promising some last minute changes to the Senate Republican healthcare bill to try to secure enough votes to get the legislation passed. McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation.

In fact, Democrats, including President Barack Obama when he was in office, have said repeatedly that they would like to work with Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still faces a number of hurdles going into the crucial next few days, including very publicly expressed reservations from various factions of the Republican caucus. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said Sunday he has yet to throw his support behind the Senate's health care bill.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins said on ABC's "This Week".

Then he criticizes two prominent Democratic senators.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said seven to eight other senators including herself were troubled by provisions that she believes could cut Medicaid even more than the House version. "We are going to continue to work with the administration, House and Senate in any way we can to advance true, free market patient-centered reform that gives everyone, including those that are most vulnerable, the care they need". He said Democrats "are doing everything we can to fight this bill because it's so devastating for the middle class". "We should not be voting on this next week", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

On Twitter this weekend, Trump urged the dissenting Republican senators to get behind the bill.

But the bill's supporters were battling a dire internal threat: reluctant Republicans. Sen. Johnson tweeted Saturday that his remarks about the health care bill are "not a bluff".

Trump said he does not think Republicans voicing objections to the party's proposal are "that far off" from supporting it.

The leader of the minority Senate Democrats, Senator Charles Schumer, said Sunday that Republicans have "at best a 50-50 chance" of approving their Senate proposal.

An analysis from the Congressional Budget Office is due as soon as Monday and vote by the full Senate is planned for Thursday.

"If they can not get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal", the Kentucky Republican said on ABC's "This Week".

"This is not a full repeal or a full replace piece of legislation", Sasse said. "We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process and I think that at least is good".

Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich noted that he is against the bill in its current form, joining with the more moderate GOP voices who feel the legislation would leave too many vulnerable people without health care coverage.