McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill


Affordable Care Act taxes will also be scrapped, while subsidies are being rearranged.

After meeting with Pastor Hill's group in West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin held a press conference to stress his concerns about the new Republican health care legislation. Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Paul also said it was not clear whether the four senators would stay united as talks continue.

Following the unveiling of McConnell's handiwork, Trump said "a little negotiation" was in order to make it better.

Heller, who faces a hard re-election fight next year, said he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped version.

Yet, every single version of the Republican Obamacare replacement plans in the House and now the Senate has refused to simply nix the essential benefits requirement and allow people to buy many more kinds of plans at the greatest possible range of prices.

-Delay a new "Cadillac" tax on high-cost health insurance plans until 2026. They said the measure falls short, missing "the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health-care costs". People are saying, where's the health care, where's the health care?

Cassidy's concerns have critics of the Senate bill hoping they can persuade him to oppose the proposal. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky all quickly indicated that they couldn't vote for the measure as written.

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Of the four conservatives, Paul has always been seen as the least likely to end up voting for the bill.

Spicer told Fox News on Friday he thought prospects of Senate passage were "very high", adding: "I think we're going to get this thing done. and hopefully by the August recess really have Obamacare repealed and replaced". "We'll have to see". But when and if they do convince Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and company to allow for real insurance plan competition, then there will be much less need for subsidies because cheaper insurance plans will be available to more people. And Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions.

On Thursday, Obama weighed in on Facebook, writing: "If there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm". He said "small tweaks" during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". The bill had been crafted behind closed doors by barely more than a minivan of Republican senators.

The White House said it is hopeful a final bill will be finished before lawmakers leave Washington later this summer.

"I am deeply concerned about the potential effects of a one-size-fits-all approach", he said. And the Senate bill would take more time to phase out the ACA's expansion of Medicaid coverage; despite claims that this represents "heart", it may have less to do with compassion than skewing how the bill is scored by the Congressional Budget Office. The enhanced federal financing that pays for the expansion would disappear entirely in 2024. "We're dealing with reality and getting to 50", he stated.

Part of the Obama law was an offer to the states: If they would expand Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for low-income people, to able-bodied adults without children at home, the federal government would pick up the entire tab in the initial years. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age. Medicaid covers health care for nearly 40 percent of America's children.

President Trump has an optimistic outlook on the future of the Senate's health care bill on Thursday, calling the four senators who are now in opposition to the bill "good guys" and "friends of mine".