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Susan Collins: Trump hasn't learned how to work with Congress

28 June 2017

Nine Republican senators have said they will not vote for the bill and many of those opposing the current version were at the meeting.

It followed a series of defections from both the conservative and moderate wing of the Republican party.

Earlier Tuesday, Collins took a dig at the President, suggesting Trump's lack of political experience is partly to blame for the GOP's struggles to pass the legislation.

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"We've got a lot of discussions going on and I'm still optimistic we're going to get there", he added.

"We are so close", Perdue told me as he left a closed door meeting of GOP Senators in the Capitol. Republicans now have a majority in the Senate, as they hold 52 seats. Other reasons cited by the six include the failure of the legislation to repeal Obamacare or guarantee a reduction in health care costs.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on the Senate's replacement for Obamacare until after the July 4 recess. "I think when people are rushed and don't have answers and don't have data.the bill is small, but it affects a lot of people in a real way", said Sen.

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Republican senators are headed to the White House Tuesday afternoon to talk to President Donald Trump about the future of the bill. Mike Lee of Utah also said he would oppose the procedural move barring tweaks to the bill, according to The Associated Press. Ted Cruz. McConnell directly dismissed any possibility that the Obamacare repeal effort was finished. Senate leaders could use some of those additional savings to attract moderate votes by making Medicaid and other provisions more generous, though conservatives would rather use that money to reduce red ink.

The Senate legislation was designed as an amended version of a draft passed in the House of Representatives last month, so as not to pull the rug out from under the millions of Americans who were able to get health insurance under Obamacare. Portman and Capito were considered swing votes because their states have expanded Medicaid and are hotbeds in the US opioid crisis. However, not every GOP Senator is on board with the proposed healthcare bill. "Simply put, this proposal is wrong for the country and this score should be just another reason on the long list of many for why we should abandon this bill and, instead, make meaningful improvements to the Affordable Care Act".

She said the bill as now drafted by GOP leaders won't ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, doesn't do enough to fight the opioid epidemic, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply and harms rural health care providers.

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The bill, which would roll back much of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, has been one of the party's top priorities for years, and the delay is a major embarrassment to Mr Trump and Mr McConnell.