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Johnson: Senate Bill Doesn't 'Come Close' To Fixing Issues With Obamacare

Changes to Medicaid are at the heart of the draft health care bill Senate Republicans unveiled this past week.

All together, it shows how long-term conservative goals of cutting taxes and entitlement spending have overtaken Trump's agenda, as the bill faces critical votes in the Senate as soon as next week that could take it to the precipice of becoming law. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) feel the bill is too harsh.

This could mean that, without hiccups in the schedule, the Senate could vote on the GOP's healthcare bill as soon as Thursday night or early Friday morning, Cornyn said.

Collins, a moderate Republican who has not taken a formal stance on the bill, said she was concerned it would cut Medicaid too deeply and said she wants to see an upcoming analysis by the Congressional Budget Office before making a decision. "If President Trump thought the healthcare bill in the House was mean, I can tell you that the Senate Republican plan is downright nasty", Menendez said.

"I would like to delay", said Sen.

ROVNER: It's somewhat similar to the House bill, although the cuts would go even deeper. Some of those Democrats have voted to confirm Trump appointees such as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, but on health care they are united.

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Meanwhile, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a key player in modifying the health care legislation, has praised the GOP plan, calling it "an important step in our effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms". John Cornyn of Texas said there is "a sense of urgency" to push forward but acknowledged the outcome is "going to be close".

Much like its counterpart that passed the U.S. House last month, the bill would cut funding for Medicaid, slash taxes on the wealthy, loosen coverage requirements for insurers and remake federal tax credits for people to buy insurance on the individual marketplace.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, during interviews on CNN's "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday", defended the bill, claiming it would help drive down insurance premiums and make private insurance more affordable for those low-income Americans who would no longer qualify for Medicaid. But, as tallied by the New York Times, five Republican Senators-most of them staunch fiscal conservatives-have already said they will not support the current version of the bill. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare". "No way", Johnson said on NBC's Meet the Press. I don't know that they would come down but they wouldn't go up as fast.

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". Famous last words, right?

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, said Democrats would be working hard to defeat the bill, having already made clear they would co-operate with Republicans if they agreed to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. Obamacare is in a death spiral, and South Dakotans deserve better than what they're receiving.



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