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Trump Says Getting GOP Health Votes Is 'Not Easy!'; Budget Score Looms

"But that's up to the majority leader". It had no penalty for people who let their coverage expire. Deductibles will skyrocket. While some young and healthy people will benefit by being able to get cheap, bare-bones plans, the suffering among those who aren't young and healthy will be wide and deep.

Republicans and their allies in the insurance industry moved into that gap, terrifying people about what they would lose if the Clinton plan were enacted (most notably with the "Harry and Louise" ads starring a couple lamenting the terrible state of their insurance in the future dystopia the Clinton reforms would create).

McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate by the end of this week, but some Republicans are rebelling.

Thursday, Senate Republicans revealed their approach to repealing and replacing the Obama administration's signature health care initiative, the Affordable Care Act.

America First Policies is expanding its campaign against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, the cuts to Medicaid go too far. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen.

Trump has denigrated Democrats on numerous occasions, including a jab at Democratic Sen. "And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, have called the GOP proposal "mean" because of its potential effect on low-income Americans. The official demanded anonymity to discuss the plan. "The group could follow what it did with some wavering House members, and run ads of encouragement rather than opposition".

But Cassidy, a physician, says he still has concerns about the bill in its current form.

Both Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Sen. "No way", Johnson said.

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"Only in Washington is giving more each year considered a cut", said Barrasso, who also said the new health care plan will provide subsidies for insurance for those who don't qualify for Medicaid.

Johnson is among four conservatives and a moderate who said they don't back the measure but haven't ruled out supporting it if it's changed. McConnell wants a vote this week, before lawmakers take a break for the Fourth of July holiday.

Conservatives floated two amendments for toughening up the Senate's Obamacare overhaul this weekend at the influential Koch network's confab of wealthy donors, as Republicans seek ways to win over detractors and tip enough GOP votes for passage. All Democrats oppose it.

At an event with conservative donors in Colorado Springs over the weekend, attended by many high profile figures in U.S. politics, Koch aides said that the Senate bill does not do enough to dismantle Obamacare, which has provided health insurance coverage to approximately 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010. He's committed to making sure that no one who now is in the Medicaid program is affected in any way, which is reflected in the Senate bill, and he's pleased with that. Currently, the House and Senate replacement bills also focus more on the mechanics of providing health insurance than on reducing the nation's overall health-care spending.

Medicaid has become perhaps the key sticking point in the congressional debate. "So, we have 142 pages to go through", she said. With every Democrat opposing the legislation, the Republicans need at least all but two of them to approve the measure for it to pass.

She said she intends to wait for a Congressional Budget Office analysis before making a decision.

Five GOP senators say the newly-released Senate health care plan is dead on arrival unless they see some major changes.

It's possible that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies have deluded themselves into thinking this won't happen.

The holdouts are expressing willingness to negotiate, but many of them are pushing revisions that could risk alienating moderate Republicans in the process.

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