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Trump threatens that Republicans may just let Obamacare 'crash and burn'

26 June 2017

He said Tuesday's Republican win in a hotly contested Georgia special election for a House seat shows Democrats would "do better" if they worked with him and congressional Republicans on issues like health care, taxes and infrastructure.

ROVNER: Well, the piece of the Affordable Care Act that's most at stake is what we've just been talking about, the people who buy their own insurance in the individual market.

"It turns out that the legislation that is coming before the Senate in a few days, the so-called health care bill, will be the most devastating attack on the working class of this country in the modern history of the United States of America", Sanders said. Insurers need healthy customers who are affordable to cover to help pay the costs of people with medical conditions that are costly to treat. "And without the individual mandate, that sort of adverse selection, the death spiral, the elevated premiums, all of that that's going on gets worse under this bill". Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he added: "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points". In Yuma County, Arizona, they would pay more than $2,100 more, or 52% more, because their subsidy would be less generous. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.

Five GOP senators - four conservatives and a moderate - have said they oppose the measure McConnell unveiled last week. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities did the math: one outcome of the legislation is that three-quarters of a million people would be thrown off of the Medicaid rolls to give the four hundred highest earners in the country a thirty-three-billion-dollar tax cut.

But past year, his campaign started backtracking on the Medicaid promise, endorsing the idea of limited federal financing for the federal-state program that covers some 70 million low-income people, from newborns to elderly nursing home residents, from special-needs kids to part-time workers lacking job-based health insurance.

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"It's going to be very hard to get me to a 'yes, '" Heller said Friday.

As expected, all Democrat senators have vowed to shut down the bill and have encouraged all senators to look past party lines to stop the bill from passing.

"It would be a very, very sad day for Republicans if she stepped down", Trump said.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office will evaluate the proposal next week.

The highly anticipated score from the non-partisan agency will answer key questions about the impact of the Senate's controversial legislation that was made public last Thursday. GOP leaders in the Senate purported to address these concerns by changing the timing of the expansion repeal ― specifically, by reducing the federal matching funds over three years rather than in just one year, as the House bill proposed to do.

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At least two GOP senators said Sunday that goal may prove too ambitious.

Senate leaders want to hold a vote on the bill before the July 4 recess that starts at the end of this week. That is all the more argument for the Senate leadership to back off its arbitrary deadline and give members and the millions who will be affected time to understand what the legislation will actually do. The House bill also had a phase-in of sorts, because it had what amounted to a grandfather clause: It preserved the extra funding for people who had enrolled in the expansion for as long as they stayed on Medicaid. They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid. For one thing, the Senate bill is created to buy a skimpier plan than the Affordable Care Act's credit scheme does ― specifically, a plan that pays only 58 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (roughly equivalent to a "bronze" plan in today's system) rather than one that pays 70 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (a "silver" plan in today's system).

He said they had "at best, a 50-50 chance".

"I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!" he wrote.

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Collins appeared on ABC's "This Week".

Trump threatens that Republicans may just let Obamacare 'crash and burn'