Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

"The first draft of the bill included hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the affluent", Lee said in a statement, a line that sounded more like something that a Democratic Senator might say, rather than a very conservative Republican.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could only afford to lose two Republican votes to pass the Senate's version of the Obamacare repeal, which is the slimmest of margins even for a party that demands total loyalty on every issue. The legislation would repeal major elements of Obamacare and shrink the Medicaid government healthcare program for the poor.

While still trying to convince some concerned Republican lawmakers to support the bill, Trump's political allies said he was never going to get into the fine details of the legislative language, The Hill reported.

Still, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters, "I would not bet against Mitch McConnell".

The newspaper said an unidentified senator who supports the bill left a meeting with Trump at the White House on Tuesday "with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan".

"So we're going to talk and we're going to see what we can do". John Cornyn, R-Texas speak with the media after they and other Senate Republicans had a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, .

"Everybody wants something. They think it should be free and they don't want to pay any taxes to get it, so that's what we have to decide". Vice President Mike Pence could provide the crucial vote needed to break a tie.

"We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell told reporters.

The House of Representatives passed its version of a healthcare bill last month after a similar struggle to get conservatives and moderates on the same page.

Finally, the Congressional Budget Office, which is supposed to be the impartial referee on costs and impacts, calculated that 22 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years. "If this bill isn't good for Kansas, it isn't good for me", he said.

The attacks came during a closed-door meeting a day after CBO Director Keith Hall estimated that their bid to repeal ObamaCare would result in 22 million fewer people having coverage by 2026 than would have under the ex-president's plan, Politico reported. But moderates like Heller and Susan Collins of ME criticize the bill as overly punitive in throwing people off insurance roles and limiting benefits paid by Medicaid, which has become the nation's biggest health care program, covering nursing home care for seniors as well as care for many poor Americans.

Portman and Capito cited the bill's Medicaid cutbacks and how that would hurt efforts to combat the opioid epidemic that has taken a heavy toll in their states.

Medical groups are almost unanimously opposed, too, along with the AARP, though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the bill.

The benchmark S&P 500 index closed down 0.8 percent, and the Dow Jones industrial average finished down 98.9 percent. While insurers including Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. have pulled out of the individual market in some states, part of that decision stems from uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act as Republicans seek to dismantle that law. If he comes along, no matter what concessions he gets, it's going to play like a climb-down.

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