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'A Very Narrow Path' to Repeal Obama's Healthcare Law

In a Twitter comment Saturday, Trump voiced optimism about passage of the Republican plan, saying, "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"

The doubts about the latest plan from Washington came from Republicans, Democrats and the nation's one independent governor.

With unanimous opposition from Democrats, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail on the bill.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to yes", said Heller, viewed as the Senate Republican most at risk in the 2018 midterm election.

Though an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office won't be released until Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a vote this week, before the July 4 recess. On ABC's "This Week", Collins stated concerns about the cost of premiums and deductibles, the elimination of funding to Planned Parenthood, and what she terms Medicaid cuts.

President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare" and believes his majority party is "going to get there".

He told ABC's This Week that the Republicans have "at best, a 50-50 chance".

"They fight each other", the United States leader continued.

The new bill is meant to walk a delicate line in its relatively modest tweaks to the measure that passed the House last month.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday insisted that nobody now enrolled in Medicaid would be "affected in any way", and senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway made similar comments on Sunday.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins, of ME, and Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, have called for a delay on the vote.

Over time, the extra help for states and the exchanges would phase out, and cuts to Medicaid and to insurance protections would phase in.

The president said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing enough to push through the bill.

For older people in that income slice, the spike in premiums would be enormous, especially in higher-cost states like Alaska. They'd get nothing under the new plan.

But according to a new poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Friday, only 38 percent of Americans are aware of the significant cuts to Medicaid that would be delivered by the House-passed bill (the poll was conducted before the details of the Senate bill were made public). Some provisions may be stripped out by the Senate parliamentarian.

The angling has already started. The joint statement by Paul and the other three conservatives said they don't support the bill but are "open to negotiation".

Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

That's not sitting well with GOP Sen.

In both plans, states could keep coverage for the newly eligible adults, but federal taxpayers would not continue to pay a larger share of the bill.



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