"We're going to talk and we're going to see what we can do", he said.
The bill's prospects were not helped by an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Monday saying the measure would cause 22 million Americans to lose medical insurance over the next decade. As it stands now, the Senate's version of the Obamacare replacement bill ― called the Better Care Reconciliation Act ― is one of the most deeply unpopular pieces of legislation to ever get this close to passage. Moderate Republicans said sections of the bill were too harsh, particularly proposed cuts to Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for lower-income Americans. Dean Heller of Nevada, beginning shortly after he surprised members of his own party with a Friday afternoon press conference denouncing the Senate plan as written.
Collins said she was meeting with senators concerned about the Medicaid provisions, as part of a group led by Sen.
Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose that motion unless the bill was changed. And another conservative, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), said he had "a hard time believing" he'd have enough information to back that motion this week, the AP reported. Currently, Americans are required to buy health insurance or pay a fine if they do not. That deals another blow to party leaders hoping to push the top-priority measure through the Senate this week.
When the House version of the GOP health care bill was passed, the CBO estimated 23 million people would lose their health care coverage, and that pre-existing conditions would return to states that applied for waivers (also in the Senate bill). Republicans have spent about seven years attempting to cancel Obamacare. "I wouldn't count McConnell out yet".
The budget office report said the Senate bill's coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual.
Leader McConnell said he wants changes to be scored again by CBO before a vote.
Because West Virginia made a decision to expand coverage through Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law, many people in the state have come to rely on the health coverage and access to substance abuse treatment it provides, even as others with private insurance face skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, she said.
Over on the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan was urging his members in a closed door session to give their Senate colleagues some space, according to a person in the room.
"For the country, we have to get have health care", Trump said.
"Republicans would be wise to read it as a giant stop sign", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters. One reason? Those plans would cover fewer benefits than under Obamacare.
The CBO said in a study released Monday that the Senate bill would decrease the federal budget deficit by $321 billion by 2026.
"This president is the first president in our history who has had neither political nor military experience", Collins said. According to the non-partisan group's projections, 22 million more people would uninsured by 2026 while deductibles and premiums would increase significantly.
Ryan's point was that given the current state of play, it's not helpful for anyone in the House to come out and attack or criticize elements of the bill. Another 7 million wouldn't have coverage in the individual insurance market. "As drafted, the Senate health care bill is not the right fix for West Virginia, and I can not support it". The Senate bill would repeal the tax in 2023.
Earlier this month, McConnell spearheaded an effort to overhaul former President Obama's 2010 health care law.