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Trump says he's optimistic about Senate approval of GOP healthcare measure

Republican Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee have all stated that they will not vote for the bill in its current form. "We have a few people that are I think, I could say modestly, they're not standing on the rooftops and screaming".

So far, five Republican senators have announced they can not support the health care bill as drafted: Dean Heller of Nevada, who says the measure cuts coverage too deeply, and four conservatives: Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Johnson, who say it does not do enough to lower health costs.

According to sources on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing to get a vote on the bill before lawmakers head home for the Fourth of July holiday.

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with", the president said. I don't see that leading it. Yes, but there are myiad other flaws in the measure they ignore. "The level of hostility".

Instead, Trump attacked current lawmakers like Sens. If such a monstrosity gets to his desk and there is no veto, this will just be another empty promise.

Meanwhile, special elections in Georgia and SC proved to be litmus tests for Donald Trump's presidency.

Is the Senate version less "mean" than the House bill, to use President Trump's description of that earlier effort?

In a statement after a draft of the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was released Thursday, Heller said he made clear during debate over the bill that he wanted to "make sure the rug is not pulled out from under Nevada or the more than 200,000 Nevadans who received insurance for the first time under Medicaid expansion". "Healthcare's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it". "That is so not fair", said Conway, the senior counselor to President Trump, during a back-and-forth with CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota.

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican who surprised her party when she chose to expand Medicaid four years ago, is urging Congress to save the expansion, which has provided coverage to 400,000 Arizonans.

Democrats have sharply criticized both versions as a giveaway to the wealthy that would leave millions without health insurance.

American Hospital Association President Rick Pollack is urging the Senate to "go back to the drawing board" and draft a healthcare bill that "continues to provide coverage to all Americans who now have it".

The expansion has added about 428,000 low-income Louisianans to the Medicaid rolls, and they could lose their coverage by 2020 or 2024, depending on which of the two Republican plans, if either, becomes law. "So, let's actually fix the problem", Mr. Johnson told NBC's "Meet the Press".

"It makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood", Ms. Collins told ABC News, noting that federal funds can not be used directly for abortion anyway. If you are a 27-year-old person who makes $70,000 a year and has no illness, this is a good bill for you. "I want to see a bill with heart".

UNDECIDED: 11 senators - Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Marco Rubio of Florida, Dean Heller of Nevada, Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, James Risch of Idaho, John McCain of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of SC.

He told reporters at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado that Trump will be "important" in securing the final votes.

The Congressional Budget Office is expected to issue its "score" of the Senate bill before the end of June. Republican governors and state legislatures refused to set up exchanges that would make insurance more affordable and declined the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage. At some point, over a period of years, the federal government would basically limit what it pays for Medicaid, which has always been a shared program between the states and the federal government.

Like the House legislation, the Senate bill would impose major changes to Medicaid and curtail its growth over time and also would repeal the individual mandate.

Sen. Susan M. Collins of ME is also on the fence, saying she is anxious that older Americans will have to pay more and that she won't be able to strip out a part of the bill that defunds Planned Parenthood over its abortion practice.

"There are some things we've said all along that are dial-able, that I think we can hopefully tweak a little bit", Sen. Famous last words, right?

On Thursday Senate Republicans unveiled their long awaited legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. Still, Schumer acknowledged it was too close to call as to whether Republicans could muster enough support on their own to pass the bill. If they make it better for moderates, the conservatives will peel off.



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