Health Care

Top Democrat says health bill will kill 'hundreds of thousands'

President Donald Trump pressured the handful of Republican senators who may be planning to vote against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to overhaul Obamacare, days before the Senate is likely to begin debate on the measure.

"I would like to delay", said Sen.

The former president's description of the bill's fundamental meanness did indeed echo words used by Trump to describe the House bill, which passed in May after an earlier vote on the healthcare bill was cancelled due to a lack of support from within the GOP.

With not a single Democrat supporting the bill, Republicans face some legislative arm-twisting to rally their rank and file.

And a number of Republican governors have joined doctors, hospitals, and patient advocacy groups in opposing the bill, in part because of its cuts to Medicaid.

The Louisiana Budget Project, which advocates for low- and moderate-income families, panned the Senate health proposal as devastating for the state's families, health providers and budget.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is accusing top Republicans of trying to jam the legislation through the Senate.

McGowan said the Medicaid cuts would exacerbate a decline in mental health services in IL caused by the state's failure to pass a budget for almost two years.

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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". "But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders. 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.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed the Affordable Care Act is failing already, pointing to a spike in premiums and insurers leaving the individual market in some states.

In a strongly worded statement that reflects the "unanimous" views of its board, the National Association of Medicaid Directors said the Republican health care bill would be "a transfer of risk, responsibility, and cost to the states of historic proportions". The Congressional Budget Office estimated the House bill would lead to 23 million people losing insurance over the next decade.

Warren reiterated her opposition to the Senate bill Sunday, calling it a "monstrosity".

"I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want, but if you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it".

Trump has endorsed the bill, and Democrats say they will take every opportunity to link the legislation to an unpopular president. "And I'm not against it just because I want to be against it".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. Johnson spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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

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