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Trump slams Democrats for opposing health care bill

Trump slams Democrats for opposing health care bill

MARTIN: So what does the Senate bill do?

It was the latest signs of high-stakes maneuvering over a key campaign promise, and the president signaled a willingness to deal.

House GOP leaders say Trump was a big asset in getting the health care bill passed, despite a fight with the hard-right Freedom Caucus that stalled the measure.

President Trump has said that the bill is "very good" but needs "a little negotiation". Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he added: "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points". Several conservative Republican senators now opposed to the legislation have said that it does not do enough to immediately lower premiums, and have called for changes to the bill to drive those costs down, including allowing insurers to offer plans that are not compliant with Obamacare regulations.

Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

"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.

Trump also told told Fox that he wants House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to remain as the Democrats' leader.

Collins responded that she was still reviewing the CBO report, but that "it's obviously not positive". "I call her Pocahontas and that's an insult to Pocahontas". The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" he wrote.

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The Senate bill would roll back much of Obama's health-care overhaul.

A White House official said the Trump has pushed his team to stay involved and plans to flex his negotiating muscle, the official said. He's promised plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through the Senate next week. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., one of the five senators opposing the bill.

This balancing act dogged House Speaker Paul Ryan in his quest to pass an Obamacare repeal bill, even forcing him in March to yank a bill from the House floor. The Medicaid limit would move the nation closer to putting public health care programs on a budget, fiscal discipline that conservatives say is long overdue. Yes, believe it or not, Kellyanne Conway was lying when she told ABC on Sunday, "These are not cuts to Medicaid".

People with pre-existing conditions: The Senate plan takes out the House provision that would impose a premium surcharge on those who lapse in coverage.

Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts. And just - can you give us just a couple of ways in which it differs from the House bill? According to the Congressional Budget Office, the House bill would snatch insurance coverage away from 14 million people within a year, 23 million within a decade; the CBO estimated Monday that the Senate bill would mean 22 million more people would be uninsured. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. Lower levels of financial assistance would make premiums unaffordable for many low-income people, and premiums would rise as well, causing millions more to not buy insurance in the subsequent years. I don't know that they would come down but they wouldn't go up as fast.

The American Medical Association sent a letter Monday to Senate leaders saying the draft legislation violates the medical oath to "first, do no harm". "We don't have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare". He said if McConnell can't get the required votes to pass the bill, he could support an effort that focuses on repealing Obamacare.

Said Greg Valliere, the chief strategist at Horizon Investments: "Odds of enactment are still below below 50%, but the horse trading has just begun as this drama intensifies".


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