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GOP Sen Cassidy on Health Care Bill: 'Right Now I Am Undecided'

26 June 2017, 04:27 | Laverne Osborne

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Dems slam new Senate health care bill as'meaner

"I don't think we're that far off". "I think it's better than it was in the days gone by, we're working now five days a week, generally, and we're in Washington, D.C., five days a week ... if it takes being in Washington, D.C., in August, let's do it". "Famous last words right?"

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

The bill was drafted in secret by the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who unveiled it on Thursday.

Repealing President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement has been a clear and consistent promise from Trump.

This first lie is important because it rationalizes the Republican claim that the bill has to be draconian because it can't pass without support from the party's most right-wing legislators.

Deductibles are likely to rise for many people with individual coverage because the congressional plans would end subsidies under Obama's law that reduced out-of-pocket costs for those with modest incomes.

'Well he used my term, mean, ' Trump said, before describing what he wants to see from the policy created to take the place of the Affordable Care Act.

"Well he used my term, 'mean.' That was my term because I want to see - and I speak from the heart - that's what I want to see". Really? Between whom? The House wants to destroy Obamacare quickly, the Senate a bit more slowly while also cutting Medicaid more steeply over time.

"We have a very narrow path".

"And honestly", he said, "nobody can be totally happy, even without the votes".

Trump said he was close to finishing a plan of his own that would have "lower numbers, much lower deductibles".

Johnson framed his call to delay the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act as a bid for transparency, arguing that it would give the public more time to see what the bill really entails.

Trump has denigrated Democrats on numerous occasions, including a jab at Democratic Sen.

Paul also proposed whittling down the current version of the bill to areas where Republicans have agreement, and tackling contentious issues later down the road. But if you offer me 90 percent repeal, I'd probably would vote it.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, continued to reserve judgment Sunday on whether she will support or reject the health care bill released by Senate Republicans last week. There's no way we should be voting on this next week. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House measure predicts an additional 23 million people over the next decade would have no health care coverage, and recent polling shows only around 1 in 4 Americans views the House bill favorably.

Collins said another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts.

Kellyanne Conway on Sunday asserted that the expected $830 billion in cuts from Medicaid funds aren't cuts. "This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility for the future with Medicaid dollars". I think she's a highly overrated voice'.

"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".

Trump said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized the GOP bill before knowing what was in it. "We would not pull the rug out from under anybody". They want to get some points.

Meanwhile, President Trump has sent mixed messages about the health care reform priorities that partly fueled his campaign. Who's been your biggest opponent?

"When I ran, I talked about the rigged system because I saw I was winning states that I wasn't getting, the delegates I should be getting".

TRUMP: Well, I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russian Federation a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it, but nobody wants to talk about that. A lot of very bad things going on.

Conway wrapped up the interview by echoing Trump's call for unity through encouraging Democrats to come to the table and work with Republicans on tweaking the bill. But now that it's actually happening, I still find it hard to believe. They fight each other. And by the way, this isn't just Trump. this has been like this for years. It has been like that for a long time. "Their theme is resist".

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