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Conservative GOP senator hits party leaders on health bill

26 June 2017

Over the weekend, senators and their aides were poring over the bill, drafting possible amendments, preparing speeches, and compiling personal stories from constituents who they portrayed as either beneficiaries or victims of the Affordable Care Act. "It's so easy, but we won't get one Democrat vote. if it was the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a bad thing. their theme is resist".

"There really isn't a reason for those four conservative Republicans not to figure out a way to get to yes", said the ex-Pennsylvania senator and conservative standard-bearer on CNN's "State of the Union".

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would not comment on whether votes on whatever bill is finally crafted would be held in the full Senate on Thursday, as originally anticipated.

Johnson, on NBC's "Meet the Press, " urged McConnell not to "rush" a vote through the Senate, saying Americans needed time to review the 142-page proposal. Moreover, the Senate bill also outlines a plan to, beginning in 2025, tie federal funding for Medicaid to the nation's regular, or normal, rate of inflation rather than to the health care inflation rate, which is often much higher. "They're not going to go down after the Republican's a false sort of over-promising". Tammy Baldwin, said Sunday on WISN's "Upfront with Mike Gousha" that many Wisconsinites with health issues are telling her they're "panicked" by the proposed GOP health care changes. As of Sunday, Johnson is joined by fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Dean Heller in standing against the Senate health care plan as it now exists.

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White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway, appearing on ABC's "This Week", dismissed the notion that the bill did not have enough support to pass, saying Trump "is prepared to have a conversation and discussion, and a negotiation with those senators and others" to ensure the bill passes.

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together and wrap their arms around it, and come up with something that everyone is happy with", Trump said.

The other three GOP conservatives who say they're against the legislations are Sens. She also expressed doubts that legislation would clear the Senate this week.

He reiterated to Politico in an interview that his opposition at this point is "not a bluff".

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"These are not cuts to Medicaid", Conway said earlier on "This Week".

But many Republicans believe that survey data show voters will punish anyone who doesn't substantially alter Obamacare, making passage of some reform imperative. In fact, the Republican senators didn't know, because it wasn't released.

Yet, contrary to what Spicer said, people now enrolled in Medicaid would likely be dramatically affected by the Senate bill.

The legislation would phase out extra federal money that 31 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners.

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But Johnson did not say whether, if forced to vote on the bill, he would vote "no".