Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Local Senators React To Senate GOP Health Care Bill

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.

In his budget request to Congress, Trump said he wanted to "cap federal funding for the Medicaid program", and the House and Senate bills would do just that, converting Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement program to a system of per-capita payments for beneficiaries.

Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare". That's more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

The Associated Press, citing anonymous congressional sources, reported earlier this month that Trump called the House's version of the bill "mean" during a meeting with Republican senators, asking them to make their version of the bill be more "generous". "Healthcare's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it". "They're not addressing the root cause", he said, referring to rising health care costs.

The Senate and House bills both called for cuts of more than $800 billion to Medicaid, along with tax cuts for wealthy citizens who were expected to pay for supporting Obamacare. All they do is delay and complain.

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"For my part, I'm very concerned about the cost of insurance for older people with serious chronic illnesses and the impact of the Medicaid cuts on our state governments, the most vulnerable people in our society, and health care providers such as our rural hospitals and nursing homes, most of whom are very dependent on the Medicaid program".

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-L.A.) is a physician who worked with low income patients.

And he continued about an hour later, saying: "Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats".

He acknowledged the bill has critics: "Some people have been more public about concerns but said they want to get to yes".

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it "is not anywhere close to repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

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Jen McGowan, associate director of the Chicago chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said Medicaid cuts in the proposal would hurt the hundreds of thousands of people in IL who suffer from mental health or substance abuse problems, and are enrolled in coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare".

"I don't think they're that far off".

"I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on ABC.

Schumer said Democrats have made clear they would be willing to work with Republicans to pass a Senate bill if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. "But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders. Johnson spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Trump tells "Fox and Friends" he believes his majority party is "going to get there".

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He said they had "at best, a 50-50 chance".

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