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Trump reportedly wants 'more heart' in GOP health care overhaul

Erik Tate | 22 June, 2017, 09:05

Republicans have been sending pieces of the bill to the CBO, so it's possible the Senate could have a score early next week.

The areas senators say are still under discussion include: when to begin to unwind the health care law's Medicaid expansion, what yearly growth rate to put on the entitlement program, how generous to make the tax credits to help individuals afford insurance, whether to include anti-abortion provisions and what to do with the plethora of taxes included in the law.

The meetings behind closed doors were criticised by moderate and conservative Republicans as well as Democrats who staged a protest on the Senate floor, Monday.

Amid Democrats' complaints that Senate Republicans are acting in secret on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen.

The version of the bill that passed through the House is projected to take away healthcare from 23 million Americans, but this hasn't stopped Republicans from bitterly protecting their bill with an ad buy.

The columnist warned President Donald Trump's administration and Republicans in Congress in February about the potential repercussions of failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Unlike the House plan that passed before lawmakers got an updated cost, the Senate has to get those numbers from the Congressional Budget Office before they vote. While the House legislation pegged federal insurance subsidies to age, the Senate bill would link them to income as the ACA does.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expected to give colleagues a draft of the bill on Thursday.

Democrats hoping to block the healthcare measure in the Republican-led Senate need at least two Republicans to defect.

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Now is the time to stand up and vote yes.

"I know that they are up there working hand in glove with them", said Spicer, adding, "I know that the staff has been working very closely with the leader's staff, with [the Senate Finance Committee] and others, so I don't want to get ahead of an announcement on Sen".

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is confident no Democrats will vote for the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion draft" of a GOP-only bill scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law by Thursday.

Sen. John McCain, when asked by CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday if he was satisfied by the current process, said no.

Republicans have been working on a replacement plan for weeks.

The Hill reported that the additional funding for opioid programs that GOP senators were considering as a way of blunting the bill's Medicaid cuts was likely to be axed.

"It's going to be like that every year, and we'll be lucky to have what we have", she said. They're all going to oppose it, but they can't ultimately stop it from eventually getting an up-or-down vote. "We can't just drop them off and wish them good luck", she said. Republicans like Barrasso see the bill as a win for the GOP and for the promises they made on the campaign trail.

Senate Republicans gave themselves the goal of having the new bill passed by the July 4th recess, but as it gets closer their timeline is getting more hard to reach. Among them, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed the most concerned about the direction the GOP Senate was heading. Conservatives such as Sen.

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