Cornyn: Passing Senate healthcare bill by July 4 'optimistic'

President Donald Trump has complained former president Barack Obama "used his phrase" when he described the GOP healthcare plan as 'mean'. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, announced with three other Senate Republicans that they opposed the bill in its current form because it doesn't go far enough in repealing President Obama's health care law. The Democrat reiterated her opposition in a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday, saying the health care bill being pushed by Senate Republicans is a "monstrosity".

Trump said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized the GOP bill before knowing what was in it. He is seeking to push a final package through the Senate before the July 4 recess.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin strongly believes the Affordable Care Act needs to be improved but not replaced.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", she said on ABC's This Week programme. But with five senators opposing the draft, its chance of passage is in question. "These bills aren't going to fix the problem". Here's how you're going to use your health care.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday she has extreme reservations about the U.S. Senate's healthcare overhaul and does not think it will be able to pass this week.

Collins, a center-right Republican, allowed for the possibility that the Senate could work late during an open amendment process and said she would withhold a final decision on the bill until the Congressional Budget Office issues an assessment on its effects, which is expected in the coming days. But she said it will be "extremely difficult" for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader", Collins said.

Trump says the Democrats' "theme is resist" and that "if it was the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote" from them.

At the summit Sunday, Cornyn reportedly said, "It's going to be close".

He told reporters at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado that Trump will be "important" in securing the final votes.

The House of Representatives has passed a measure similar to the Senate plan.

Like the House legislation, the Senate bill would impose major changes to Medicaid and curtail its growth over time and also would repeal the individual mandate. It would provide tax credits, based on income, age and geography, which would make more money available to lower-income recipients to help them buy insurance.

On Father's Day, Frank Urtz of Shorewood found out his 28-year-old daughter has chronic leukemia. "I think they'll get some points". Famous last words, right? "We don't have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".

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