Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Officials with the conservative United States political network overseen by the Koch brothers claim they are unhappy with the healthcare bill that may be voted on by the Senate this week.

McConnell has said he's willing to make changes to win support, and in the week ahead, plenty of backroom bargaining is expected.

As Trump and Obama joust over the fate of the bill, the current president disputed the notion of his Fox News interviewer that his predecessor is "leading the resistance" to his administration.

"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".

The Senate is days away from voting on a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but leadership has, for the time being, fallen short so far of securing the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, said the Senate is rushing, so he might reject a procedural motion to proceed with the bill this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he wants to pass the bill before the July 4 holiday weekend. And several lawmakers acknowledge that getting majority support will be tough.

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said the Republican bill "keeps the Democrats' broken system intact".

The office released a report in May saying that under the bill House Republicans passed last month, which has much in common with the Senate proposal, 51 million would be uninsured by 2026, 23 million fewer than would be covered under Obamacare. "But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders.

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

Meanwhile, President Trump has sent mixed messages about the health care reform priorities that partly fueled his campaign. Activists and health organizations have argued that the bill's sweeping cuts to Medicaid would be life-threatening to many Americans.

The Congressional Budget Office plans to issue its analysis of the new bill as early as Monday.

The rolling protest, which hit three states in less than 24 hours, shipped off to West Virginia for an afternoon event in Charleston on Sunday, giving Sanders and allies another chance to turn the screws on three Republican senators - Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Rob Portman in OH, and Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia - whose states are expected to take disproportionate hits from the GOP's Medicaid rollbacks. The Senate would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor more gradually than the House bill, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025.

Collins spoke on ABC's "This Week".

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