Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tom Price promises GOP health care bill will lower premiums

Tom Price promises GOP health care bill will lower premiums

McConnell has wanted to hold the vote before the upcoming week-long July 4 recess, when party leaders worry that senators will face pressure to abandon the legislation.

McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two GOP senators and still pass the bill - and that would necessitate a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence. Moreover, the Senate bill also outlines a plan to, beginning in 2025, tie federal funding for Medicaid to the nation's regular, or normal, rate of inflation rather than to the health care inflation rate, which is often much higher.

Asked to respond to Conway's comments, Collins said: "I respectfully disagree with her analysis". "But I think we're going to get it".

Away from the policy debate on Capitol Hill, a New Jersey mother's viral tweet has put a human face on the U.S. healthcare debate.

Ms Chandra tweeted: "Without insurance we would owe $231,115 for 10 hours in the OR [operating room], 1 week in the CICU [cardiac unit] and 1 week on the cardiac floor". Tammy Baldwin, said Sunday on WISN's "Upfront with Mike Gousha" that many Wisconsinites with health issues are telling her they're "panicked" by the proposed GOP health care changes.

With not a single Democrat supporting the bill, Republicans face some legislative arm-twisting to rally their rank and file.

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"Until I'm certain this is in the best interest for folks in Wisconsin, I'm not voting yes", Johnson tweeted.

Five senators have already announced their opposition to the Senate bill.

"Let's take the time and try and get it right", he told Mr Hewitt, and "give people a chance to find out exactly what's in this Senate bill".

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said his first review of the Senate legislation "raises several red flags for the state".

"These are not cuts to Medicaid", Conway said earlier on "This Week". "That's true. But it also boosts spending on subsidies, and it leaves in place the pre-existing-condition rules that drive up the cost of insurance for everyone".

The president said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing enough to push through the bill. In fact, the Republican senators didn't know, because it wasn't released.

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A political action committee has threatened to launch attack ads to pressure Mr Heller into supporting the legislation. Senator Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican and a doctor who is considered a critical vote, said he remained undecided.

The American Childhood Cancer Organization, a charitable group formed by parents, is mobilizing a small army of grass-roots lobbyists with the message that the Senate Republican bill, with its deep cuts in Medicaid, "will threaten the lives of children battling cancer".

Maine Senator Susan Collins told ABC's This Week on Sunday she worries about "what [the bill] means to our most vulnerable citizens".

Trump added that voters do not like the Democratic party's obstructionist message. "All they do is delay and complain".

But Democrats, many health care experts, and even some Republicans disagree.

"We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare", the president said, referring to the Affordable Care Act, his predecessor's signature piece of legislation.

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