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President Donald Trump also lashed out at Democrats: “They run out. They say, ‘Death, death, death.’ Well, Obamacare is death. That’s the one that’s death.”
“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” said Senate GOP Conference chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). Media outlets also look at where other lawmakers stand on the issue.
Even those who have been strongly opposed to the Affordable Care Act in the past are now speaking out in favor of keeping it. “Now that you’ve insured an additional 20 million people, you can’t just take the insurance away from these people,” says one Obamacare opponent. “It’s just not the right thing to do.”
Leadership is pushing for a vote on some form of health care legislation next Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was just diagnosed with brain cancer, tells his sparring partners on the Hill that he won’t be gone for long.
Confusion reigns supreme on Capitol Hill as leadership continues to push for a vote next week.
As Senate Republicans continue to revise its health care legislative drafts to try to reach 50 votes, the Congressional Budget Act estimates the impact of those changes.
President Donald Trump held a lunch for the senators after their proposed legislation fell apart in an effort to get them to find a way forward on health care.
But the legislation would still decrease deficits by $473 billion over 10 years because of the spending reductions, the Congressional Budget Office projects.
Republicans cite good progress on the legislation that had been declared all-but-dead earlier in the day but large obstacles remain that have stymied previous efforts.
Getting both parties to the table seems like it may be the only way forward.
Three Republican senators have already said they won’t vote for a plan that only repeals the Affordable Care Act without coming up with a replacement. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), wanting the lawmakers on record, says he’ll still hold a vote to proceed next week.
President Donald Trump was wining and dining senators last night in a push to build support for the GOP’s proposed legislation while two Republicans announced their plans to oppose the bill. Soon after, the president took to Twitter, urging Congress to focus on repeal first measures instead.
Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) say they can’t vote for the legislation. “We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” Moran wrote on Twitter.
Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) simultaneously announce that they can not vote for the Senate health bill as it is currently drafted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could not afford to lose any more Republicans to pass the measure. President Donald Trump said in a tweet that move to a clean repeal of Obamacare.
The program would likely become too costly for them to maintain. Meanwhile, a new report shows that the proposed legislation would cut Medicaid funding by as much as 39 percent. And media outlets report on other news on the program out of Pennsylvania, Montana, Michigan, California, Texas, Virginia and Ohio.
Both moderate and conservative Republicans on the fence about the proposed legislation, with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine saying at least eight of her colleagues have expressed concerns.
Without Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who had a craniotomy Friday — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wouldn’t have the 50 votes needed to get his legislation passed. To add to the timeline, the Congressional Budget Office announced Sunday that it would not release an updated score of the bill Monday, as originally expected.
Here’s a look at some of the overall changes that were made between the two drafts.
The return to high rates of uninsurance expected under GOP plans to repeal and replace Obamacare would mean less access to health care for people with insurance too, researchers say.
The Senate releases an updated draft of its health care legislation. Read the bill and compare with the original.