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Top Senate Republican expresses optimism on healthcare bill after Trump meeting

28 June 2017

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., along with Sen. But she said it will be "extremely difficult" for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates.

"I think it is an Age Tax because there is a presumption that all older people are sicker, and this is not true", Mosman said. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "We're actually close to an agreement, but there are some important differences remaining".

Since the CBO score is in, the Senate parliamentarian will meet with McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) to make sure that the bill as written is in line with the rules of reconciliation.

McConnell said Trump has been "fully engaged" in the process, and will host all Senate Republicans at a special meeting at the White House at about 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) Tuesday.

The left hopes that pitch will pack extra oomph at a time when even some Republican party members are raising concerns that the GOP health care plan could hurt the poor when 22 million more people than those under the current law become uninsured. Mike Lee of Utah have expressed their opposition to the bill as it stands.

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Republicans who do not support their party's healthcare bill will be held accountable if the legislation fails, The Wall Street Journal wrote in an opinion piece.

"I would not bet against Mitch McConnell", his House counterpart, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters. Senate leaders could use some of those savings to attract moderate support by making Medicaid and other provisions in their measure more generous, though conservatives would prefer using that money to reduce federal deficits. "I'm going to oppose the motion to proceed, because it's too early", Johnson said. "It is far from a ideal bill", Sen.

Her colleagues Sens. Dean Heller and Rand Paul have also said they plan to oppose the procedural vote if changes aren't made to the bill.

The Republican health bill would repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health law.

The CBO report deemed that 22 million more people would lose insurance by 2026, further dooming the bill's passage.

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that the evolving Senate bill violates women's constitutional rights by de-funding Planned Parenthood.

"We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell said, adding that he is "optimistic" the stymied bill will get through the chamber.

It would let states ease Obama's requirements that insurers cover certain specified services like substance abuse treatments. Democrats believe Trump could be vulnerable by the combination of seeking tax cuts that would largely benefit the wealthy while pushing an unpopular health care bill. Estimated average premiums for benchmark plans for single individuals would be about 20 percent higher in 2018 than under current law, about 10 percent higher in 2019 and then drop to about 30 percent lower in 2020.

But the office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments.

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Top Senate Republican expresses optimism on healthcare bill after Trump meeting