Not 'that far off' from passing health overhaul

Posted June 26, 2017

A number of Republicans such as Susan Collins and ME said it was "too soon" to judge the bill until they had had a chance to read it.

For the House of Representatives' version of healthcare, Trump held regular meetings with representatives at the White House.

Dick Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, on Sunday characterized the GOP-led chamber's ObamaCare overhaul bill as a tax cut for the wealthy, not health care reform.

A Republican senator up for re-election next year just got some bad news about the Senate GOP health care bill.

Sandoval said he would do "everything in my power" to make sure those people can maintain the quality of life they now have.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists he wants a vote before the Fourth of July recess, leaving GOP leaders one week to win over more votes.

Under Obamacare, the federal government had guaranteed that its funding for adults newly eligible for Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act would fall to no lower than 90 percent of their costs.

The president said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing enough to push through the bill. On Friday, Nevada Senator Dean Heller, a moderate Republican, became the latest lawmaker to break with party leadership, declaring that he's not ready to vote "yes" on the health-care bill McConnell unveiled yesterday, joining the ranks of Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and Rand Paul.

Schumer said Senate passage of the bill to replace former president Barack Obama's health law is too close to call.

"I think they have at best a 50-50 chance of passing this bill", he said in an interview with ABC's "This Week".

He said middle-class families with loved ones in nursing homes would see higher bills costing $2,000 or $3,000 more a month. Assuming no Democratic senator votes in favor of the bill, the Kentucky senator can afford to lose only two Republican senators and still pass the bill. However, "as now drafted, this bill does not do almost enough to lower premiums". Obama insisted that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". That should be the central issue for Republicans - repealing Obamacare and making healthcare more affordable. The lobbying group is waiting to see the analysis of the bill's impact on spending and insurance coverage from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected next week.