Collins: 8-10 Republicans Have Concerns About Health-Care Bill

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2017

McConnell has said he wants to vote on the health care proposal as early as next week, but at least two Republicans senators already oppose the bill.

"As the U.S. Senate considers the Better Care Reconciliation Act, we are writing to urge you to strike the "Consumer Freedom Option" from the bill", the letter reads.

The Congressional Budget Office had been scheduled to release an analysis Monday on the latest GOP bill, including estimated cost and scope of insurance coverage.

The statement read that McCain is "resting comfortably at home and is in good condition".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, indefinitely postponed a vote planned for this week to give Mr. McCain time to recover from a procedure to remove a blood clot above his eye. The first attempt failed in June, as Republicans lacked the votes to pass their bill.

"I don't know. I think it would be extremely close".

The pressure is on Lee and the handful of other Republican holdouts on the bill meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, because Senate leaders can afford to lose only one more GOP vote. It includes a provision Texas Republican Sen. Tissue pathology reports would be available within the next several days.

Paul said he spoke with President Trump on Friday and suggested the president support repealing the Affordable Care Act and deciding the details of a replacement plan later if the latest version of the bill does not pass. Susan M. Collins of ME, have come out publicly against the health care bill.

Republicans control the Senate by a 52-48 margin.

Collins has said she plans to vote against the bill, reiterating the position in the Sunday interview.

In a statement, AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, said "the revised bill does not address the key concerns of physicians and patients regarding proposed Medicaid cuts and inadequate subsidies that will result in millions of Americans losing health insurance coverage".

The White House said Sunday that Trump was "monitoring what's going on with health care" but did not otherwise weigh in on the growing uncertainty.

The hard political calculus facing Republicans was clear in a new poll released Sunday that showed that the public prefers the Affordable Care Act to the Republican health-care plan by a roughly 2-to-1 margin.

Repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's signature health care law was a top campaign promise for President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. Paul told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday". "McCain a speedy recovery".

"This bill would make sweeping and deep cuts to the Medicaid program, which has been a safety net program on the books for more than 50 years, ensuring that some of our most vulnerable citizens, our disabled children, our low-income seniors receive the health care that they need", Ms. Collins said on ABC's "This Week".

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