Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Sens. Susan Collins, Rand Paul express doubts about Senate health care bill

Sens. Susan Collins, Rand Paul express doubts about Senate health care bill

The president is promising some last minute changes to the Senate Republican healthcare bill to try to secure enough votes to get the legislation passed. Since it's likely Democrats will unanimously vote against the bill, Republicans can afford to lose two votes before the bill is jeopardized.

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who each have expressed serious reservations with the bill for very different reasons, proclaimed during exclusive interviews on Sunday's "Meet The Press" that rushing a vote before the July 4th recess would be unwise.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins said on ABC's "This Week". Collins also criticized the process - or lack of process - the bill has gone through thus far.

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Already five Republican senators have said they can not vote for their party's plan as it stands now, with four them saying it does not go far enough to curb provisions under the Obama law and one saying the cuts in healthcare payments for the poor go too far. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill February 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Sen.

Paul said he could get to a yes, if the bill went farther to repeal ObamaCare rules that drive up premiums. After a few minutes of blaming partisan rhetoric and sort of leaning towards the idea that in all likelihood it won't take too much cajoling to get him to vote yes on the bill, Johnson circles back to the timing of everything.

"We should not be voting on this next week", he insisted.

Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form.

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In that respect, it resembles a version of "Obamacare lite", as many commentators have noted. "I want to see a bill with heart". Rand Paul said his party "promised too much" on a bill that is not expected to bring down premiums as promised.


"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".

Collins said another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts. As of Sunday, Johnson is joined by fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Dean Heller in standing against the Senate health care plan as it now exists. The budget office analysis of the Senate measure is expected early next week. "I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus". "I think they have at best a 50/50 chance of passing this bill".

They said the measure missed delivering a GOP promise to Americans "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".

"And it doesn't have to be 100 percent repeal", said Mr. Paul. "But I think they're going to get there", Trump told "Fox and Friends".

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