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Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 04:10

President Donald Trump speaks before having lunch with Republican Senators and White House staffers in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. House Republican leaders were able to get their health care bill over the finish line last month by injecting an extra $8 billion for certain states to subsidize the costs of sicker customers who could pay more.

But people aren't as accepting of the Senate bill as Trump seems to be.

Trump's remarks, made during a White House lunch, were a surprising critique of the House measure whose passage he lobbied for and praised.

Trump's White House budget officer Mick Mulvaney argued in a recent interview that it was as if the CBO "went into it and said, 'Okay, we need this score to look bad".

Murray noted the sharp contrast with 2010, when a Democratic-run Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for instance, said it would be "very problematic" not to include restrictions in those credits.

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Now, while the media and American citizens are fixated on each daily warp of the soap operatic presidency of Donald Trump, McConnell has huddled behind locked doors with his Republican loyalists and favored lobbyists to assemble a healthcare scheme that will disassemble Obamacare.

But ensuring people with pre-existing conditions have coverage and protecting people with Medicaid are expensive, leading to another major issue of contention - which Obamacare taxes to keep in place.

"It's absolutely critical to my state, and we've got huge problems", Capito said. "I'm sure there are 217 Republicans - congressmen just squirming that they voted for a mean bill, and they know that's going to be brought up to them in the campaigns in 2018." .


Senate GOP leaders are now writing their healthcare bill, though Democrats and even some fellow Republicans have not seen any of the legislative text.

A forecast from the Congressional Budget Office, an independent, nonpartisan agency, said that premiums will actually increase over the next few years should the bill pass in its current form, and long-term effects will ultimately fall to individual states.

Next, the Senate will come up with their version of the same bill.

The president first attempted to push through a bill in March, but withdrew it at the last minute when House Speaker Paul Ryan told him he would not have the minimum 215 votes needed.

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said, "I think we're a ways away" from an agreement.

"I think the whole point of the meeting was just the television shot of Trump surrounded by Ernst and Murkowski", the aide said. The president hosted a big celebration at the White House - a rarity for a bill that had only passed one chamber - and touted the GOP legislation as a triumph.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said at a Tuesday hearing that Republicans were "jamming their version of Trumpcare through the Senate".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch MicConnell and the Republicans are now drafting a new version of the AHCA.

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