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Senate Bill To Replace Obamacare Could Be In Jeopardy

26 June 2017

But the president admits tinkering with the nation's health care system is complicated. That means that Republican supporters of the legislation can only lose two Republican votes, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote if the Senate splits 50-50. Now we know: they're defending it by lying. They have little margin for error, as NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

McConnell, R-Ky., can not pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes. After the first four Republicans raised concerns, President Trump told "Fox & Friends" there's a narrow path to success.

As Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, United States president Donald Trump - in an unusual bid to reach out to his political opponents - urged Democrats to support bill. But as Sasse pinpointed, it is perhaps most notable for its changes to Medicaid. "We'll have to see".

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Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, a Republican primary opponent in 2016, also opposes the Senate plan, telling CNN that "the total number of dollars that are going to be dedicated to Medicaid are not enough".

RAND PAUL: If you can get insurance after you get sick, you will.

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"What's driving this is a tax cut that Republicans insisted on of about $700 billion for the wealthiest people in America and the pharmaceutical companies", Durbin told "Fox News Sunday". Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday, effectively phasing out Medicaid entirely.

"Loosen up regulations and mandates, so that Americans can choose to purchase insurance that suits their needs and that they can afford", he wrote. But when most of the regulations from the 2010 law went "largely untouched", he withdrew his support. "And the fact of the matter is, the bill is part of the plan, and then the kinds of things that we're doing through the Department of Health and Human Services add on to that".

"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, " Trump said in the interview.

HORSLEY: As premium costs go up, even more healthy people drop out. That's the so-called "death spiral".

Trump bemoaned the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, having belittled prominent Democrats himself. If it passes - and some GOP members are balking - it would have to be reconciled with the House bill. "But the president is very supportive of the bill", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday.

HORSLEY: So why isn't that already in the bill?

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The Urban Institute's Blumberg warns that without a strong provision to keep healthy customers in the market, insurance companies will lean on states for permission to offer more bare-bones policies.

"Before summer's out, we'll repeal/replace Obamacare w (ith)/system based on personal responsibility, free market competition & state-based reform", the former IN governor tweeted.

"Insurers could be offering a much thinner set of benefits for less cost and price the more comprehensive benefits at a much higher cost", Friedsam said.

"I don't think they're that far off".

As for Medicaid - the state-federal program for the poor, elderly and disabled, which covers more than 1 million people in Wisconsin - the Senate bill "is substantially worse than the House version", said Jon Peacock, research director for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. The senior lobby is promising to hold all senators accountable for their votes.

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Senate Bill To Replace Obamacare Could Be In Jeopardy