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. I said, "If you can take repeal off the table, sit down, and talk about fix, and fixing what we have, and how to make it better, I'm in with you".
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association represents plans that are the backbone of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance markets created under former President Barack Obama's law. "And unless it gets fixed, I would - look, I'm against it". "It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week".
The American Health Care Act also would eliminate the controversial individual mandated coverage provision contained in Obamacare that allows the government to levy a small fine on people who chose not to purchase health insurance.
But the measure so far has failed to garner enough support to pass with only Republican votes - although the party has a majority in the Senate - after a handful of GOP lawmakers revolted.
As it stands, the Senate draft of the AHCA will make drastic cuts to Medicaid - even bigger than the cuts in the original House bill, which amounted to over $800 billion - screwing over mostly poor and elderly people.
"Well, they are also four good guys and they are four friends of mine", said Trump. Dean Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval might misunderstand the full intentions of the party on health care and issued a broad promise to the country.
Still, the bill unveiled by Senate GOP leaders Thursday is even worse in some ways than the frightful bill the House narrowly approved in May. It would base tax credits to help people buy private insurance on income, as the Affordable Care Act does, rather than age, as the House bill does.
In recent weeks, some Republican senators have said they feel uncomfortable with Medicaid cuts being proposed.
In a Twitter comment Saturday, Trump voiced optimism about passage of the Republican plan, saying, "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"