Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey appeared on Sunday's Face the Nation backing up the Senate Republican health care bill.

The bipartisan National Governors Association urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday to allow them more time to review Senate Republicans' bill to repeal Obamacare and introduce deep cuts to Medicaid.

"There are half a dozen Republican Senators who are undecided and they will determine the fate of the bill".

The bill passed by House Republicans relies on a different mechanism to encourage healthy people to buy coverage.

"I want to see a bill with heart", he said, confirming a switch from his laudatory statements about the House bill at a Rose Garden ceremony with House GOP leaders last month.

Some Republicans, including Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, say they can't back the legislation in its current form. Trump said on Twitter.

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. "We believe we'll get more individuals covered than are covered right now". That obviously means he isn't a firm no because he could easily change his mind as the bill is amended in the coming days - or as Johnson himself put it, he's "not a yes yet" - but for now he's a problem for those who really want this thing to go through. The organization, which represents numerous nation's doctors, said the legislation would likely produce skimpier subsidies and fewer benefits for consumers, and "will expose low and middle income patients to higher costs and greater difficulty in affording care".

Another thing the Senate credits do is that they go down to more poor people, but the credits themselves will be smaller.

Collins said she's "very concerned" about cuts for older people with serious, chronic illnesses and the impact on lower-income Americans, as well as the cuts to funding for rural hospitals and nursing homes through Medicaid reductions.

"I would like to delay", he said.

"Under current law for a single policyholder in 2017, the average deductible (for medical and drug expenses combined) is about $6,000 for a bronze plan and $3,600 for a silver plan", the CBO said, adding that it and the Joint Committee on Taxation "expect that the benchmark plans under this legislation would have high deductibles similar to those for the bronze plans offered under current law".

The CBO analysis of the House-passed American Health Care Act projected 23 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 than today and would cut the deficit by $119 billion over the same period.

But as more analysis of the Bill reached state officials, especially in places that expanded Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act, misgivings grew. 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.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace "Obamacare".

Obamacare is crashing and burning because of the innumerable flaws built into it. Look at what is happening in Ohio.

As as Congress wrangles over implementing a new health care law, Republican and Democratic senators have not agreed on much, but there was one area where two lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle found common ground on the issue on Sunday.

I hope I never have to write about Lie Four, which would be Republican senators who surely know better - including Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Flake, Shelley Moore Capito and Rob Portman - justifying their votes for this monstrosity by claiming that it's the best they could do.

Trump said getting approval would require travelling a "very, very narrow path" but that "I think we're going to get there". We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of ObamaCare.

In March the CBO estimated that 24 million people would lose insurance by 2026 under the House's first health care bill, which was never brought to a vote after House GOP leaders failed to drum up enough support for the measure. "Their theme is resist".

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.

He told ABC's "This Week" the GOP has "at best, a 50-50 chance".

"But I think they're going to get there", Trump told "Fox and Friends".

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