Health Care

U.S. health-insurance bill faces stiff opposition

"Health care is a very, very tough thing to get", Trump acknowledged in an interview on Fox and Friends airing Sunday morning.

Under Obamacare, about 20 million more people have been enrolled in insurance plans, many of them under the government's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, which Republicans now want to cut by more than $800 billion over the coming years even though Trump during his campaign for the White House said he would not curtail it. "There's no way we should be voting on this next week". That's the number needed to pass the bill with only 50 votes, along with the tie-breaking vote support of Vice President Mike Pence.

'Well he used my term, mean, ' Trump said, before describing what he wants to see from the policy created to take the place of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has a challenging road ahead as he faces trying to bridge the divide between conservatives who want a more robust repeal of Obamacare and moderates who are wary about phasing out Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

The Congressional Budget Office as soon as Monday will give its report of the Senate GOP health care bill, and the results may well determine the fate of the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Last month, the House passed their version of the bill, which would strip health care from 24 million people, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Speaking on the release of the bill, which was kept under wraps until Thursday, Trump said: "It's going to be very good", adding: "A little negotiation, but it's going to be very good". "They're not going to have a disastrous complication like a stroke or a heart attack, at least not for the foreseeable future".

Supporters of the bill say that it promises to end the requirement that all Americans get health coverage or else pay a penalty. Republican governors and state legislatures refused to set up exchanges that would make insurance more affordable and declined the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage.

It would be nice if Johnson explained his idea of tailoring insurance policies for people with pre-existing conditions more fully, but I somehow get the feeling it's like paying extra for a more valuable auto.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) also agreed there is undue pressure to pass the bill quickly.

In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME says she thinks getting the votes needed in the Senate this week to pass a Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could be very hard.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday from Republicans opposing the bill. Reducing taxes, Republicans argue, will boost the economy, and shrinking spending on programs such as Medicaid will slow the growth of the federal debt.

Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress and as several Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week. And then, if we have doctors dropping out of the plan because they simply can no longer afford to cover this population, people are going to do what they've always done, which is begin to turn to emergency rooms.

Republican leaders are expected to bring the 142-page bill to a vote this week.

He said they had "at best, a 50-50 chance".



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