Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Sunday defended cutting almost a trillion dollars from Medicaid in the GOP-backed health-care plan as being necessary to fix a "fundamentally flawed" system - and give people the coverage they need.
The White House and fellow Republicans in the Senate differed Sunday on Congress' next step on ObamaCare reform, with Maine Sen.
Republicans also could have seen the attack on the optics coming, given that House Republicans received flack on Thursday during their very white and mostly male celebratory photo-op in the White House Rose Garden.
Experts have cast doubt on such optimism, particularly regarding the impact the bill will have on people with pre-existing conditions.More news: Trump Takes to Twitter to Defend Firing Comey
House Republicans are claiming a triumph by finally approving their centerpiece bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law. Rob Portman of OH, says he doesn't support the House bill as written. "The Senate is starting from scratch". "We're going to draft our own bill, and I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right".
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid would give states freedom to tailor the program to fit their needs.
"No one's asked any Democrat, and I'm the most centrist Democrat willing to work and fix things if people really want to do it", said Manchin, who's up for re-election in 2018 in a state that Trump carried in 2016. Drastic cuts to Medicaid should also be reversed, which could help the bill pass the Senate. This bill rolls back most of that expansion, and it also cuts spending on Medicaid by nearly $800 billion over 10 years.
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The winners are wealthy Americans who will now get a tax cut because they won't have to pay to fund the Affordable Care Act, and healthy people who won't have to buy health insurance to subsidize the sick.
Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill.
Collins has already said she is wary of the House's plan.
Mr Trump sought to pressure Senate Republicans on the issue on sunday. Just 17 percent of Americans supported an earlier version of the measure, and Republicans have made the legislation only worse since that poll was conducted. Trump tweeted. "ObamaCare premiums and deductibles are way up - it was a lie and it is dead!"More news: Shakespeare unaware of gentleman's agreement with Mahrez
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