MA leaders consider state impact of US Senate health care bill

Mitch McConnell

Senator Susan Collins of ME, in an interview with ABC, noted that securing her vote will not be a simple matter. "Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S".

Britton also said rural hospitals could be hit hard under the Senate's health plan if people don't qualify for Medicaid or can't afford private coverage.

At the White House meeting with most of the 52 Republican senators, Trump said it was vital to reach agreement on the Senate healthcare measure because Obamacare was "melting down".

Senate Republicans need to convince a handful of their colleagues to vote for the healthcare bill as is or rewrite parts of it to get the support it needs to pass.

Passing the measure would hand Trump a legislative win as he seeks to shift attention after weeks of questions over Russia's role in last year's United States presidential election.

Written in secret and unveiled as a draft version last week, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) aims to fulfill a central Republican promise to voters: repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement, known as Obamacare.

It would have been just as calamitous for Republicans to implement a health care plan without a single Democratic vote as it was when Democrats pushed through the Affordable Care Act eight years ago without a single Republican vote.

Senators - including Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst here in Iowa - must take time to listen to their constituents, to consider how this bill would change many of their lives and to ask if this is really, what their supporters, and the others they represent, want from their government.

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The ideological differences between conservatives and moderates were so stark that it became clear that leadership did not even have the 50 votes in the 100-member chamber needed to simply begin debate on the bill.

But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn't pass.

White House officials said if Republicans Sens. "I told the president I'm open to supporting it, but it has to get better". We're not resting on any laurels, nor do we feel any sense yet of accomplishment other than we are making progress because the American people are listening to our arguments.

Are Montana's Republicans ready for what their new president and the Republican Congress is going to do for them and to us? But for the country, we have to have health care. And if we don't get it done, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like - and that's okay.

"With ZERO Democrats to help, and a failed, expensive and unsafe ObamaCare as the Dems legacy, the Republican Senators are working hard!"

Several major health groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, oppose the Senate health bill.

"There doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in focusing on the things that would actually fix the many things that Republicans and Democrats both agree are wrong with the Affordable Care Act", Baker said. But they have few options to block it beyond stirring public opposition and mounting pressure on wary Republicans.