Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms

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President Donald Trump continued to push for replacing Obama's health care law, tweeting Saturday: "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"

Trump said it was hard to weigh competing forces while drafting the bill, but that the bill revealed by the Senate this week was a good start.

Johnson was one of four senators who said Thursday, hours after the plan became public, that they are "not ready to vote for this bill".

U.S. President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he calls "the level of hostility" among the parties that has stymied bipartisanship. Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

The Senate bill, which GOP leaders unveiled Thursday, looks an very bad lot like the bill that the House passed in May. "I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill", he said on NBC's "Meet The Press".

For several other senators, like Nevada Sen.

"And honestly, nobody can be totally happy". He is seeking to push a final package through the Senate before the July 4 recess. "And for the people who don't get it, they get nothing".

Critics say the changes will break a model that has covered millions of Americans for more than 50 years, cutting people off from coverage and potentially putting lives at risk.

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The Congressional Budget Office, which offers non-partisan analysis, estimated that under the House version of the health care bill, 23 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2026, largely due to shrinking Medicaid eligibility. But she said it will be "extremely difficult" for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates. That was my term because I want to see - and I speak from the heart, that's what I want to see.

The US Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month.

Establishing a six-month time-out for individuals who forego insurance and later want to purchase it marks a departure from the House-passed American Health Care Act, which enabled insurance companies to charge 30 percent more in the first year of coverage for people with lapsed policies.

Under the current draft, Medicaid would be phased out under the bill beginning in 2021, with gradual reductions until 2024 in the amount of federal Obamacare funds that have financed the entitlement program's expansion. But Democrats and state lawmakers are deeply opposed to cuts in Medicaid funding among other things, arguing that those provisions will do far more harm to Americans' health than good. Many stress that one-third of doctors don't see Medicaid patients and say the program provides poor-quality health care.

"If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes, I'll consider partial repeal", he said.

"This is not just a repeal of Obamacare", said Donald Berwick, a former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the Obama administration. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) feel the bill is too harsh. I don't know that they would come down but they wouldn't go up as fast. Famous last words, right?

But the bill's supporters were battling a dire internal threat: reluctant Republicans.

In the same interview, Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" from passing the healthcare overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare" and believes that his majority party is "going to get there". Since it's likely Democrats will unanimously vote against the bill, Republicans can afford to lose two votes before the bill is jeopardized. "We are going to be focusing our efforts out into the future on how we can fix it".

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