McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

Marco Rubio released a video statement Thursday saying he won't judge the new Republican Senate health care bill until he has studied it, while Democratic U.S. Sen. "If we over time are reducing the amount of benefit that's available, I'm very nervous that we're just going to end up with a situation where we couldn't afford to cover, but we certainly couldn't afford not to". First, what is meaner: Letting states waive the preexisting condition protection, or allowing insurance markets to fail so that millions of people have no access to insurance?

Sen. John Thune (S.D.), a member of leadership, said leaders would talk to the four senators about what would get them to yes. "Poorer and working-class Americans will eventually face more costly health insurance that may provide them with fewer benefits", he explained.

"We have to act", McConnell said.

"The chaos the Republican Party is wrecking across our health care system won't just be felt in our insurance markets but in doctor's offices, ER's and clinics across the state of in", says Myers.

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan came to the defense of Senate GOP leaders Thursday. It requires individuals to take out health insurance, makes most businesses offer it to staff, provides subsidies to make it more affordable and expands Medicaid.

Now that the Senate Republican health care bill is public, it is clearer than ever why Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans hid it for weeks.

Even people who were supposed to be writing the bill with McConnell were left in the dark; Sen.

The bill would cut and redesign the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people, and erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped pay for the roughly 20 million Americans covered by Obama's law.

"Well, the real meanness is allowing American people to believe that ObamaCare is still alive", Spicer said during an interview with Fox News.

"It does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs", the senators said.

Speaking to reporters, Paul said they have begun crunching the numbers in the GOP proposal and said "it looks to us like the Obamacare subsidies will remain in place and may well exceed what is in the current Obamacare".

While Mr Trump reportedly called the House bill "mean" and wants to see a bill with heart, Mr Schumer said "the Senate bill may be meaner".

"Transitioning federal Medicaid payments to a per-capita, or block grant system, and freezing Medicaid expansion would reduce the number of people with insurance and increase hospitals' exposure to bad debt and uncompensated care costs".

The program now helps low-income adults, their children, people with disabilities, pregnant women and the elderly in nursing homes.

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