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Not 'that far off' from passing health-care overhaul

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the House repeal bill, which Trump celebrated last month, would almost double the number of Americans without health coverage in the next decade, pushing the ranks of the uninsured to more 50 million.

The CBO said it would issue an assessment of the bill early this week. Given the bill's basement-level approval ratings and the heightened scrutiny it's received in recent days, activists and advocates would nearly certainly use the recess to make their voices heard, which could make the bill an even tougher lift when the Senate reconvenes on July 10. The analysis will be posted on the office's website.

Discussing the bill, which aims to repeal Obamacare, Obama had said on Thursday in a post on social media: "The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill".

"I have a hard time beleiving Wisconsin constitutients, or even myself, will have enough time to properly evaluate this for me to vote for a motion to proceed", Johnson replies.

Collins said she is waiting to make a final decision on whether she supports or opposes the bill until she sees the Congressional Budget Office's analysis.

The GOP senators who joined Johnson in the Thursday statement were Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Expressing frustration, he complained about "the level of hostility" in government and wondered why both parties can't work together on the Senate bill as GOP critics expressed doubt over a successful vote this week.

The Senate version caps federal Medicaid spending even more aggressively over time than the House legislation, fundamentally changing the program's coverage guarantee.

"Based on what I've seen. the Senate bill is going to have more impact on the Medicaid program than the House bill", Collins said. Seven or eight Republican senators have been meeting under the leadership of Rob Portman of OH to express concern about Medicaid, Collins added.

Over the weekend, senators and their aides were poring over the bill, drafting possible amendments, preparing speeches and compiling personal stories from constituents whom they portrayed as either beneficiaries or victims of the Affordable Care Act. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Collins discussed the release of a report that says that less than one percent of the 4,000-mile U.S.

Schatz says the bill will also lower taxes for those at the top of the food chain.

"Now when I look at where we are, at the size and effectiveness of this network, I'm blown away", he told donors. And if they can't be addressed, I won't. Famous last words, right?

"I don't think they're that far off", he said. "But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders. Still, Schumer acknowledged it was too close to call as to whether Republicans could muster enough support on their own to pass the bill.

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

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

Sanders has long advocated a single-payer health care system, what he calls "Medicare for all", and he repeated that position on Meet the Press on Sunday.



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