Republican senator has 'very serious' concerns on U.S. health-care bill

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26 June, 2017

I'm guessing there must be some enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in this bill that Republicans don't want the public to have time to ponder over.

"They've promised too much".

President Donald Trump, who vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare during his campaign, praised the Senate's bill, but noted changes were likely. It is believed the president wants to see a more generous bill pass through the Senate.

Sen. Sanders meanwhile is now on a tour across multiple states to rally opposition to the bill.

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it".

McConnell has said he was willing to make changes to win support, and in the week ahead, plenty of backroom bargaining is expected.

Senate Republicans just released a draft last Thursday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellErnst polls supporters on Obamacare repeal plan Cornyn: Passing Senate healthcare bill by July 4 "optimistic" Sasse has "nothing to announce" on GOP ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ky.) has been pushing the upper chamber to vote on the legislation next week.

During a press conference earlier in the week, the advocacy group and other organizations that are critical of the Republican health proposals urged people to call Cassidy's office and tell him to oppose the legislation.

Senator Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican who has not taken a formal stance on the bill, expressed her concern that cuts to Medicaid would affect it deeply.

The healthcare bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could be in trouble now that a handful of Senate Republicans said they won't support the current form of the bill.

"They're trying to cut programs that help people with opioid addiction. We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process and I think that at least is good".

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he will not vote for the Senate's Obamacare replacement bill as now written.

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

The new Republican health-insurance bill is facing opposition from some of its own senators in the lead-up to a vote to approve it later this week. And she said she also hopes to get governors to weigh in with their concerns.

Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", Collins said in an interview with ABC's This Week.

ROVNER: It's somewhat similar to the House bill, although the cuts would go even deeper.

Collins - a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election, and whose vote on the Senate health care proposal is pivotal - has been a regular on the Sunday morning talk show circuit in recent months.

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the US over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill.


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