Republican senators scramble to save health-care bill

Republican senators scramble to save health-care bill

After the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on Monday released its analysis of the proposal, which it estimated would push 22 million people off health care coverage by 2026, Paul described the bill in even harsher terms.

The amendment to the individual mandate comes after experts warned that dropping the Obamacare fine -a key provision of the original Senate bill – would lead to insolvency in the insurance marketplace, as younger, healthier people would not pay the penalty for forgoing health coverage.

GOP senators headed to the White House Tuesday afternoon to talk to the president about the future of the bill.

White House officials were bracing for the increasing likelihood that the procedural vote would fail and they would have to take the measure back up after the Fourth of July recess – when they hoped to be able to woo Mr. Johnson, who has been a surprisingly fierce critic of the bill from the right.

Lee was among four conservative senators who announced last week they oppose the bill’s current version.

McConnell told reporters health care is “a big complicated subject”, and complicated bills are “hard to pull together and hard to pass”.

The Senate bill would save $321 billion over a decade, more than the House bill’s $119 billion reported by the CBO last month.

There, the bill faces a procedural step called a “Motion to Proceed” that allows the Senate to begin debate on the legislation.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Brian Kilmeade to explain why he can not vote for the Senate’s current version of healthcare reform.

Other GOP senators who appear strongly opposed include Dean Heller of Nevada, who excoriated the bill at a press conference on Friday mostly over its cuts, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who had been urging leaders to wait on a vote until after next week’s recess.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose that motion unless the bill was changed. She tweeted that she favours a bipartisan effort to fix Obama’s statute but added, “CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it”. Capito and another moderate, Sen.

Those rebels were just part of McConnell’s problem.

In one example, the report says that in 2026 under Obama’s law, a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would pay premiums amounting to $1,700 a year, after subsidies.

It would let states ease Obama’s requirements that insurers cover certain specified services like substance abuse treatments, and eliminate $700 billion worth of taxes over a decade, CBO said, largely on wealthier people and medical companies that Obama’s law used to expand coverage. Of the 22 million people losing health coverage, 15 million would be Medicaid recipients.

CBO said that average premiums around the country would be higher over the next two years – including about 20 percent higher in 2018 than under Obama’s statute – but lower beginning in 2020.

The office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase consumers’ out of pocket costs.

His dial-a-senator dance card has been relatively light: Mr. Trump spoke with Ted Cruz of Texas, his main rival for the 2016 nomination, over the weekend, as well as Mr.