Trump insists he's engaged with health care bill


Trump insists he's engaged with health care bill

John Cornyn, R-Texas, speak with the media Tuesday after they and other Senate Republicans had a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky. The ad also says that a down vote by the senator would pose an obstacle to his own party and the Trump administration who it says finally have a "real chance to repeal and replace Obamacare".

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). "There would have to be a major overhaul of the bill ... to win my support", Sen.

Trumka told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that the bill would deprive millions of working people of health insurance.

Here's an indisputable fact: The health care legislation Senate Republicans were forced to delay a vote on Tuesday is very, very unpopular with the public.

When Republicans campaigned past year on a pledge to "repeal and replace Obamacare", they failed to add, as has become obvious, "with something just as flawed". "We're optimistic we're going to get to a result that is better than the status quo". Most wore grim expressions. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said after the meeting.

The bill has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill.

"We're going to press on", McConnell said.

The Senate delayed its consideration of the measure vote until after the July 4 holiday after failing to get the minimum number of votes needed to begin debate.

McConnell can lose only two senators from his 52-member caucus and still pass the bill, with Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote.

USA stock prices fell, as the decision to postpone the vote added to investor worries about Trump's ability to deliver on his promises of tax reform and deregulation, as well as changes to the health sector.

The approval of the Senate's health care plan - in its current form - would force a $2 billion reduction in Hawaii's Medicaid program during the next 10 years, according to the state's program administrator. Opposition from Nevada's popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval helped push GOP Sen.

For all the optimism coming out of McConnell and the White House in the wake of Tuesday's decision to delay, the reality is that pushing back a vote on this legislation makes it harder, not easier to find 50 Republicans in the Senate to vote for it.

"It's different from what he said ... yesterday afternoon as late as 5:30 p.m.", said a Republican senator.

The report prompted Senator Susan Collins, a Republican moderate, to say she could not support the bill as it stands.

GOP defections increased after Congress' budget referee said Monday the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than Obama's 2010 statute. "CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I think it's appropriate that they take time to get it right", says Duffy.

The Republican plan ends Obamacare's requirement that most Americans buy health insurance, offers tax breaks to encourage coverage and scales back funding for Medicaid, which pays medical expenses for the poor and disabled.

When asked by reporters clustered on the blacktop outside the West Wing if Mr. Trump had command of the details of the negotiations, Mr. McConnell ignored the question and smiled blandly.