Not 'That Far Off' From Passing Health Overhaul


Former President Barack Obama, whose health law was his biggest domestic achievement, said on Facebook the GOP plan "is not a health care bill".

The holdouts are expressing willingness to negotiate, but many of them are pushing revisions that could risk alienating moderate Republicans in the process.

Johnson has been among several GOP senators who say the vote should not occur this week.

The CBO cost estimate, including an analysis on the number of people likely to be covered, is expected to be released as early as Monday.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", U.S. Sen.

Once they do a whip check, House GOP leaders could also decide instead to go to conference on the two bills and negotiate a new version.

"With a lack of stable treatment options, individuals end up being treated in hospitals, costing three times that of community health treatment; and [being treated in] jails, costing more than five times as much", she said. "What the Republicans are doing are just washing their hands of Medicaid, sending it back to the states and saying, basically, it's your problem, state government".

"It is critical that any changes to Medicaid and the private health insurance market reflect states' experience as major health care purchasers, regulators, and administrators who will be responsible for carrying out new reforms", NGA Chair Terry McAuliffe (D), of Virginia, and Vice Chair Charlie Baker (R), of MA, wrote. "You got folks with a health coverage card but no care because you can't afford deductibles", Price said. "They thought they would be able to keep their plan, but weren't allowed", President Trump says.

The lengthy proposal only came out last week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to begin voting this week.

Making a final push, US President Donald Trump says he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare".

Cornyn made the comments Sunday at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado. Republican critics expressed doubt over a successful vote this week.

But as more analysis of the Bill reached state officials, especially in places that expanded Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act, misgivings grew. And it would put annual caps on overall Medicaid money the government until now has automatically paid states, whatever the costs.

"I would like to delay the thing", Johnson said, arguing that his constituents hadn't had enough time to evaluate the bill, which was publicly released just days ago.

Senate Republicans last week released a draft of their secretive Obamacare replacement bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017".

A trio of key Republican senators indicated on the major Sunday morning shows that they either can't support the bill in its current form or are still weighing concerns about it. Maine Sen. Famous last words, right?

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure. The Senate would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor more gradually than the House bill, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025.

"I want to see a bill with heart", Trump told Pete Hegseth during the interview on Fox & Friends.

Associated Press writer Steve Peoples in Colorado Springs, Colorado, contributed to this report. Subscriptions start as low as 25¢ per day. Julie Rovner, thank you so much for speaking with us.