Trump, administration press Republicans to back health bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell arrives at the U.S. Capitol

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell arrives at the U.S. Capitol

"Rather than repeating the same failed, partisan process yet again, Republicans should start from scratch and work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long term stability to the markets and improves our healthcare system", he said. "Now they finally have their chance!", Trump said in a tweet. Other elements, including deep cuts to the Medicaid program, carry over from the initial Senate draft. That, according to the former vice president, is the key reality of the Senate's bill, and it should be more than enough "to make your blood boil".

What Scott didn't say is that Florida has been miserly with its Medicaid program and would pay a heavy price for that.

"The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona", he said in a statement Thursday.

"At the end of the day, I don't know whether it will pass", Collins, an early and vocal opponent of the B.C.R.A., said during an interview with CNN on Sunday.

Now, Biden warned, the Senate version would make health care a privilege for the wealthy, instead of a basic right for all Americans.

He cites Americans he met with across the country but does not mention if any Americans he met said anything about soaring health care premiums, or the inability of many Americans to keep their doctor as was promised by President Obama.

McCain, 80, is "resting comfortably at home and is in good condition", the statement went on to say. Views of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA continue to vary widely by party and a large intensity gap remains, with Democrats being almost three times as likely to hold a "very unfavorable" view as Republicans are to hold a "very favorable" view (71 percent versus 25 percent, respectively). Trump administration officials are frantically trying to win over state officials gathered in Providence, Rhode Island, this weekend for a meeting of the National Governors Association.

In early May, the House passed the baton to the Senate on the Republicans' repeal and replace efforts.

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Senate leadership held to the idea that a vote was forthcoming.

The Cruz amendment, the insurers argue, would "especially" hit families who earn too much to qualify for a tax credit but can't afford the higher premiums for more robust plans. Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) originally asked for $45 billion to fight addiction, but the original Senate bill only allocated $2 billion.

Sen. Ted Cruz has already unveiled a fix to nullify the exemption, but that bill would take 60 votes to overcome any filibuster attempts.

Moran expressed similar concerns.

"It is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market", America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in a letter to McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, both on the conservative wing of the conference, released statements Monday saying they would not support a motion to put the bill to a vote on the floor.

But McConnell also acknowledged that if the broader effort fails, he may turn to a smaller bill with quick help for insurers and consumers and negotiate with Democrats. Pathology reports on the clot were expected in the next several days.

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