GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written


Senator Manchin also said the Republicans do not have the votes to get the bill passed this week. "We could well be in all night a couple of nights". But she added: "We have to fight and we must win. So we are having a conversation about something that's much smaller than that".

Lie Three: The Senate bill is a "compromise".

ROVNER: It differs in some significant ways.

But, he wrote, those in Washington think "more money" can solve every problem.

But premiums for those buying insurance on the individual market under Obamacare, as opposed to those getting their insurance through their employer, have risen sharply and many Americans were not able to keep their same doctors or insurance plan as Obama had promised.

ROVNER: Well, they've been kind of skirting that. "I'd like to say love, but like". If the risk pool is healthier, premiums would rise more slowly. I think they can improve outcomes. "And let's sit down and start working toward repairing the basic concept of what we have in the Affordable Care Act".

The American Health Care Act would cut Medicaid by more than $880 billion. About $33billion of this would go to tax cuts conservatively averaging $7 million every year to each of the 400 highest-income families in the country. And that's very important to the 12 million people in the exchanges. Those are exactly the people the Republicans have been complaining about. It would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid programme for the poor more gradually, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025. That message was at odds with Trump's Rose Garden celebration after the bill cleared the House, when he told lawmakers it was a "great plan".

Medicaid is by far the largest program of federal grants to the states, and state officials are always trying to tweak the formula for distributing that money to their advantage. Or they may cut back on categories of people that they would otherwise cover.

Trump says he believes his majority party is "going to get there". But only by killing this bill would these senators open the way for reasonable fixes to the ACA. Currently, the federal government pays 95 percent of the costs of the expanded enrollment.

MARTIN: How would this work at the state level? They could raise taxes. "We're doing the same thing on the Senate front".

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You signed onto this letter before the Senate bill came out.

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said the White House needed to "get this health care thing done one way or the other" so it could move forward. Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he said: "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points". Everyone expects changes to be made.

"I'm not saying just kill the bill", Kasich said.

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it". "If he sees somebody on TV and he thought they did something good, he'll pick up the phone and just call them directly". If they make it better for conservatives, the moderates will peel off. She's chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News.

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