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Trump Had Careful Strategy on GOP Healthcare Bill

Trump Had Careful Strategy on GOP Healthcare Bill Trump Had Careful Strategy on GOP Healthcare Bill
Kenny Thornton | 28 June, 2017, 21:42

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said "good progress" was made during a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Republican senators.

The bill's prospects were not helped by a Congressional Budget Office analysis on Monday saying it would cause 22 million Americans to lose insurance over the next decade, although it would reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion over that period.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced the delay Tuesday after it became clear the votes weren't there to advance the legislation past key procedural hurdles.

Only 17% of Americans in a recent survey said they approve of the Senate health care bill. According to Time, he told the senators, "This will be great if we get it done". Trump is now pushing senators to vote for the health care bill that the House mostly wrote, with no Senate hearings, markups, or debate. "I appreciate that confidence and I don't know if I'll wind up on this leadership team or not, but I would like to have the opportunity".

When asked by reporters clustered on the blacktop outside the West Wing if Mr. Trump had command of the details of the negotiations, Mr. McConnell ignored the question and smiled blandly.

Trump himself seemed to downplay the urgency of the matter at a meeting on Tuesday with Republican senators, saying it would be OK if they didn't pass a bill.

He and the GOP ran on a categorical promise to obliterate Obama's Affordable Care Act, and the president is desperate for a big legislative victory.

This is the time to keep focused on the most urgent question in domestic policy and politics: Will Republicans snatch health insurance from millions of Americans and slash the vital Medicaid program by almost $1 trillion, all to enable massive tax cuts for the wealthy and powerful? McConnell canceled planned votes on the bill on Tuesday in face of mounting opposition from within his own ranks.

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The bill has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill, and prospects for changing that are uncertain. "He wanted to talk to all of us together today; I think that's helpful". And we're optimistic we're going to get the result that's better than the status quo. But moderates like Heller and Susan Collins of ME criticize the bill as overly punitive in throwing people off insurance roles and limiting benefits paid by Medicaid, which has become the nation's biggest health care program, covering nursing home care for seniors as well as care for many poor Americans.

McConnell had hoped to push the measure through his chamber by this week's end, before an Independence Day recess that party leaders fear will be used by foes of the legislation to tear away support.

McConnell has scant margin for error in the closely divided Senate, and the legislation to eliminate Obamacare's mandates and unwind its Medicaid expansion has shed support practically from the moment it was unveiled last Thursday. The CBO projected that 7 million people in the individual market would lose their health insurance by 2026 if the Senate's bill goes into effect. They've mostly focused on how frightful Obamacare is, at least for the 8 percent of Americans who get their insurance on the individual marketplace.

Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, a physician, said he had a constituent visit his office this morning complaining she and her husband pay twice as much for their policies now, with $6,500 deductibles, than they did before Obamacare.

Democrats have acknowledged that Obamacare has shortcomings, but they urged Republicans to work with them to fix the program rather than terminate it.

Collins is anxious about the cap on federal spending for Medicaid.

Hatch and Lee, he said, aren't really that far apart on the bill.

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