Portman said he opposed the previous draft of the Senate bill because he was concerned about cuts to Medicaid, specifically the impact the bill would have on treating addiction. Will vote no on MTP. "Ready to work w/ GOP & Dem colleagues to fix flaws in ACA".
"He's got to pull it off. Mitch has to pull it off".
For Trump, the health care overhaul marks his first major legislative initiative.
"This is the Senate leadership's third swing at replacement legislation and they have officially struck out.The Senate should drop this plan and start working to help and not hurt America's families".
"We'll be on health care next week", McConnell said after meeting with his conference and Vice President Mike Pence to talk, in broad strokes, about changes to the legislation.
In a sign of the continuing difficulties facing the passage of the bill, Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy unveiled their own version of a healthcare plan.
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would allow insurers to offer lower-cost, bare-bones insurance policies so long as they also offer at least one plan that complies with Obamacare requirements, including essential health benefits and pre-existing condition coverage. Edward Markey, who pointed out that under Obamacare, opioid funding would be roughly $91 billion.
While the mood coming out of an all GOP senators closed door meeting was positive, there are still concerns that the bill doesn't go far enough. "I think it would be very bad".
The Obamacare tax increase would be retained in the new version, said the aide, who requested anonymity.
'Actually I don't know if this is better than Obamacare, ' he complained. It could come as soon as Tuesday.
Fischer says she will vote to proceed with debate on the measure.
"We have these regulations that make it really expensive for young, healthy people", said Paul. "We should consider the amendments". The bill must meet strict rules to be passed as part of the budget reconciliation process, which requires only 51 votes, and the Senate parliamentarian has yet to rule on whether all of the bill's provisions qualify.