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Trump seeks support for controversial GOP health care bill

If the Senate approves its repeal version, either the House would have to pass the same bill or reconcile its version with the Senate's before Trump could sign it into law.

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

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins told ABC's "This Week". It eliminates the individual mandate that forced people to get health insurance, repeals Obamacare taxes on insurers and the wealthy, and gives states more power to administer their own Medicaid programs.

President Donald Trump and his White House team are taking a hands-off approach to the health care bill under consideration by the Senate.

President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and healthcare is no exception.

The president said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing enough to push through the bill. Changes can still be made to the legislation. That's because unanimous opposition is expected from Democrats in a chamber in which Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 majority. Such a bill, however, would likely have to meet a 60-vote test in the Senate. That means that Republican supporters of the legislation can only lose two Republican votes, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote if the Senate splits 50-50.

However, five Senate Republicans have publicly voiced their opposition to the current Senate draft, while others have expressed concern.

Toomey said there are a lot of misconceptions with the bill that he wants to clear up.

When Senate Republicans released their revision of the bill last week after writing it in secret, Obama thought the same thing.

The CBO analysis of the House-passed American Health Care Act projected 23 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 than today and would cut the deficit by $119 billion over the same period. And that amount is going to go up every year slightly, but in the Senate bill would be based on just regular inflation, whereas medical inflation has always been faster.

There could be a backlash against Republicans who vote for this bill that is strong enough to affect the 2020 election - perhaps something akin to the Civil Rights Act turning the south Republican over the course of decades.

The comments are a blunt - but defensible - description of the Senate bill, which maintains some of the structure of President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act as it relates to the individual insurance market, and many of its regulations governing health care in general. That includes low-income adults, children, seniors, and those with disabilities.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rand Paul (R-Texas) and. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs.

"I don't think they're that far off".

When asked what it would take to get some Senate Democrats on board with the plan, Durbin said to take repeal off the table.

Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday morning, called the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people".

Trump said the Democrats' theme is "resist" - which he interpreted as "obstruction" - and that "if it was the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote" from them.



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