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Parmenio Sano | 24 Giugno, 2017, 06:45

McConnell is also under pressure from GOP centrists, creating a hard balancing act for the leader. But Paul Ryan's bill contained a fatal flaw. Few senators were included in the secretive drafting process, which McConnell oversaw alongside a small conclave of aides, lawmakers, and lobbyists.

The legislation includes changes health insurers had been seeking, including tens of billions of dollars to help stabilize the individual insurance market during a transition year and the ability to charge older members more.

Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form.

"The president said the House bill was mean", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Paul, Lee, Cruz, and Johnson made it abundantly clear in their statement that they are "open to negotiating", suggesting their support can be bought with the right concessions.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", Heller continued. Paul said, "My hope is not to defeat the bill".


Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has an impossible task, which is why he is very likely to fail. That chamber, too, faced opposition from both conservative and moderate pockets. Sandoval was among a number of Republican governors who opted into a Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Washington will pay 90% of the extra costs for these Medicaid clients the first year and 80% every year after. Heller, in his remarks, stressed that he would be opposed to efforts to roll back the expanded program, unless there was an influx of funding elsewhere in Medicaid to make up for the shortfall. The annual growth rate of state Medicaid funds would grow at the pace of the consumer price index for all goods, a slower rate than in the House measure, which sets it at the consumer price index for medical services. "This is a step backwards for cost, coverage and care". But the immediate problem is getting rid of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. And that's precisely what the Senate bill did!

Mr McConnell is reportedly looking to schedule a vote on the bill sometime before the 4 July Congressional recess, which does not give much time to deliver what Mr Obama called "the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines". Even if it passes it would have to go back to the House for a vote before landing on Donald Trump's desk to be signed into law.

"The current bill, as written, is something that needs to change".

Sen. Chuck Schumer, deeming his fight a matter of "life and death", vowed Friday "to use every single ounce of energy that I have" to defeat the Republican health care bill to repeal Obamacare.

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