Dem: GOP 'looking for a unicorn' on ObamaCare repeal deal

Rep. Ken Buck

Rep. Ken Buck

The Republican Party will be rewarded for doing "what's right" by voting to overhaul a "failing and collapsing" health care system, a top aide to President Donald Trump asserted as Democrats and at least one outside group began laying the groundwork to challenge the GOP for control of the House in the 2018 midterm election. The House bill halts the expansion, in addition to cutting federal spending on the program. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, speaking at an unrelated news conference, also criticized the new health care bill, saying he was concerned the measure would make it more hard for Americans with pre-existing health conditions to find affordable coverage. It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

But Price insisted Sunday, "There are no cuts to the Medicaid program", adding that resources were being apportioned "in a way that allows states greater flexibility".

According to Collins, the bill, which is part of the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, would undergo major surgery. He should make sure the questions we asked above are answered affirmatively and, if he has an open mind toward improving rather than defeating the measure, Republicans should hear him out. The measure would also water down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance. John Cornyn (R, Texas) says there is "no deadline" for their bill yet, and that they're more concerned with "working toward getting 51 votes".

During the presidential campaign, Trump promised not to cut Medicaid and other entitlement programs.

Collins also took issue with the bill's failure to adjust the size of its tax credits based on people's income or where they live.

A Republican Senator said on Sunday that her colleagues plan to "start from scratch" when the House of Representative's American Health Care Act comes to the U.S. Senate.

If the bill is passed in its current form in the Senate it would represent a major political victory for Trump and congressional Republicans and a devastating loss for millions of American who could be stripped of their coverage, including those with pre-existing medical conditions.

He also claimed that Obamacare "was a lie and it is dead". "So much discretion is given to the states without any guardrails", she commented.

"We think we need to do even more support for people who are older and also more support for people with pre-existing conditions", Ryan told ABC. Collins and Ryan appeared on ABC's "This Week" and Mulvaney appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation".

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