Donald Trump says Congress not 'that far off' passing Obamacare replacement


26 June, 2017

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.

In a separate statement, Paul said he would vote against the bill "in its current form, but I remain open to negotiation".

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association represents plans that are the backbone of and state health insurance markets created under former President Barack Obama's law.

McConnell and other leaders, meanwhile, are trying to rally support for a vote on the bill this week, but may be short of the support necessary to pass it.

The Senate bill has faced significant blowback from Democrats as well as some Republicans.

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.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said it would be "very difficult" for President Trump and GOP leaders to get her support this week for the Senate's health care bill.

"I just don't know whether the votes will be there by the end of the week", said Moran, R-Kan., during an interview on "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo.

The House's version of the bill, which passed that chamber in May, is a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

Another senator who has announced that he does not support the current version of the bill, Rand Paul of Kentucky, said he would back it if the Senate reached an impasse on healthcare.

On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role.

But that ended Thursday after Senate Republicans unveiled their health care bill. "It's going to be very hard to get me to 'yes, '" said Heller, viewed as the Senate Republican most at risk in the 2018 midterm election. He says the bill offers too many tax credits that help poorer people to buy insurance.

"The Republicans and Democrats don't get together", Trump complained on the Fox and Friends program, in a previously taped interview broadcast early on Sunday.

Lawmakers in Washington are still reading through the finer details of the Senate GOP's new healthcare bill, but opponents are already warning it'll give states an impossible choice-either cut services, or spend billions more on healthcare.

"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 U.S. president said. You may not agree with me, but we can probably agree that what is happening now is embarrassing, shameful and will do harm to us.

Republican Senator Rob Portman says he looks forward to reviewing the Congressional Budget Office's fiscal analysis of the GOP proposal.

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