As Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, U.S. president Donald Trump - in an unusual bid to reach out to his political opponents - urged Democrats to support bill.
"The Senate health bill isn't about health care at all - it's a wealth transfer: slashes care to fund tax cuts for the wealthy & corporations".
"We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandate so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford", McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday.
Five Republican senators - including Ted Cruz - threatened "NO" votes. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who each have expressed serious reservations with the bill for very different reasons, proclaimed during exclusive interviews on Sunday's "Meet The Press" that rushing a vote before the July 4th recess would be unwise. He criticized his critics who question why he hasn't pushed a bill through both chambers to accomplish his major campaign pledge of "completely" repealing and replacing Barack Obama's signature domestic legislative achievement. But then they pay an additional 0.9 percentage points - or 2.35 percent total - on wages above those levels.
Trump went on to acknowledge that not everyone would be happy with the GOP's replacement legislation for the Affordable Care Act. Several other Republicans, including moderate Susan Collins of ME, are still undecided about the legislation. Under questioning by Stephanopoulos, Collins did not say whether the Planned Parenthood funding would make or break her decision on the health care bill.
AHIP isn't taking a formal position on the bill, and the group said measures to shore up the individual health insurance market are largely positive. "That has caused a great deal of disruption in the health care system in Iowa, resulting in many people losing coverage, or not having access to coverage that they had before".
States could not get exemptions to Obama's prohibition against charging higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions, but the subsidies would be lower, making coverage less affordable, Pearson said.
Changes can still be made to the legislation. The Senate bill, which they call the Better Care Reconciliation Act, resembles the version passed by House Republicans last month but with some key differences.
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-L.A.) is a physician who worked with low income patients.
Republican leaders are expected to bring the 142-page bill to a vote this week.