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Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

26 June 2017, 02:52 | Laverne Osborne

The president is promising some last minute changes to the Senate Republican healthcare bill to try to secure enough votes to get the legislation passed. It is believed the president wants to see a more generous bill pass through the Senate.

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together and wrap their arms around it, and come up with something that everyone is happy with", Trump said.

McConnell may be pushing for speedy passage because that disunity is only getting worse.

The senator more staunchly condemns the measure for keeping too much of former President Barack Obama's landmark Affordable Care Act intact - "just with less spending on the poor to pay for corporate bailouts and tax cuts".

Amid the scrum, there are signs Republican opposition is only growing.

Trump will lead the effort to try to convince reluctant Republicans to support the bill. The Times also reports that Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is on the fence, despite specific provisions in the bill meant to benefit her state.

But Gov. Scott Walker said late last week that he supported Johnson's position.

Donald Trump has signalled that he is willing to work with four Republican senators who have said they're "not ready to vote" for the Senate's Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.

"What I find so disappointing is these bills aren't going to fix the problem", Johnston said Sunday.

One of the most controversial aspects of the senate bill is its treatment of Medicaid.

She cited the dramatic cuts the bill would impose on Medicaid.

It is now up to us to let our Senators know that this bill is unacceptable.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, said Democrats would be working hard to defeat the bill, having already made clear they would co-operate with Republicans if they agreed to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

"I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want, but if you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it".

He wrote, "It remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need".

Speaking on the release of the bill, which was kept under wraps until Thursday, Trump said: "It's going to be very good", adding: "A little negotiation, but it's going to be very good".

"Well he used my term, mean", Trump said during an interview with Fox and Friends on Sunday.

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