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Senate Republicans scramble to save GOP health care bill

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Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 15:48

But all the Democratic senators and five Republicans announced they would not back the legislation, meaning it was doomed if the vote was held this week.

Republican senators started running for the exit after the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the bill on Monday, finding it would lead to 22 million fewer insured Americans.

That is a tough pill for moderate Republicans, who will be under enormous pressure from their constituents to vote against the bill.

"This will be great if we get it done, and if we don't get it done, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like and that's OK and I understand that very well", Trump said.

The Senate delay is a huge blow to Trump and Republican lawmakers who have spent the last seven years plotting an end to the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare. If reform of our country's health care is going to make our lives better - and, to be clear, as it's written, we doubt the Senate bill would make improvements - it must be done carefully and in public.

Another opponent, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, said it was worse to "pass a bad bill than to pass no bill".

Less affluent Americans now on government-managed Medicaid insurance, many of whom supported the president, will see a 26% reduction in their programmes funding over the next decade, resulting in fewer covered and skimpier benefits.

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McConnell said party members would "continue the discussions" in a bid to overcome internal divisions.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the reason the Republicans are having difficulty is that the bill is fundamentally flawed and overlooks average working people in favour of wealthy Americans. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she expected McConnell to discuss revisions at a Tuesday lunch of GOP senators.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that Republicans in the Senate were still working on making changes to the the bill to make it more palatable to those in his party who remain opposed to it.

The Senate draft would save some US$321 billion (RM1375 billion) in federal spending over the 2017-2016 period, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

He said it is a "lie" that the bill would lower health care premiums.

If they win, they know they will still have to spend years defending taking away health insurance from tens of millions of Americans. "Each of them want different things, and we have to figure out if there is a path". "There's more work to do on this, but there's also more understanding that has to be provided in terms of the CBO score". The bill would cut taxes, reduce the deficit and phase out the Medicaid expansion implemented by Barack Obama's health law. It would also decrease some taxes on higher-income people. "This is about the lives and well-being of hundreds of millions of Americans".

"And if we don't get it done, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like", the president said.

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