GOP sen criticizes Senate healthcare bill in op-ed

As Senate leadership plans a Thursday vote, negotiating with Lee and at least four other GOP senators who oppose the measure will be critical in determining its passage. If it passes - and some GOP members are balking - it would have to be reconciled with the House bill.

"If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes I'll consider partial repeal", Paul said on ABC. I actually think that's better for patients. I would like to believe they are too decent for that (and Heller, for one, criticized the bill on Friday). Under questioning by Stephanopoulos, Collins did not say whether the Planned Parenthood funding would make or break her decision on the health care bill. "I want to see a bill with heart".

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Face the Nation.

But Republicans only hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, with all Democrats expected to vote against the Republican proposal. And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a bad thing.

In a Twitter comment Saturday, Trump voiced optimism about passage of the Republican plan, saying, "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!" McConnell is working to get other Republican holdouts to back the health-care bill for a possible vote next week, as he begins to separate those who can be won over with modest changes and those who may have unbridgeable concerns. The office's report on the House's health care bill, which is similar in many respects to the Senate measure, said if it became law, 51 million people would be uninsured by the year 2026 - meaning 23 million fewer people would have insurance coverage than if Obamacare remains the law of the land.

"What I find so disappointing is these bills aren't going to fix the problem", Johnson said Sunday.

"We are doing everything we can to fight this bill", Schumer said, "because it's so devastating for the middle class". But repeal of the law could be possible with Republicans in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Collins, a moderate Republican who has not taken a formal stance on the bill, said she was concerned it would cut Medicaid too deeply and said she wants to see an upcoming analysis by the Congressional Budget Office before making a decision.

"Senator Durbin doesn't want to talk about the fact that in IL they are way down on the number of people even selling insurance and prices are way up", he also said.

Another amendment would broaden the ability of those who buy insurance on the marketplace to sock away more money in tax-free Health Savings Accounts to help them pay for their premiums.

I was diagnosed with stage 3b breast cancer at just 25, and I rely on Medicaid for my care.

"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".

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