An assessment of the previous Senate bill by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the number of uninsured Americans would rise by 22 million during the next decade when compared to the current system.
It also includes an amendment by U.S. Sen.
Sign that it's all about the moderates?
Details of the proposal were closely guarded Thursday morning, and it was unclear what precise form the Cruz idea would take in the final bill. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, whose states have been particularly hard-hit by the epidemic. This includes $45 billion for fighting drug addiction. Not enough, but still a favorable addition to the bill. At the same time, it's created to placate moderates by adding billions to combat opioid abuse and help consumers with skyrocketing insurance costs.
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"AARP will hold all 100 Senators accountable for their votes on this harmful health care bill".
On Thursday, Murkowski told reporters she will need to read through the bill before making a decision. Graham crafted the bill with Sen. You need nearly all of them and that's the hold up.
A frustrated Trump added, "I am sitting in the Oval Office with a pen in hand, waiting for our senators to give it to me..." The most recent version has not yet received its CBO score.
More than half of Republican voters who want the GOP to keep trying to repeal Obamacare, 54 percent, want their leaders to work with Democrats, while just 39 percent want them to work only with other Republicans.
"What it is focused on, front and center, is lowering premiums", Cruz said of his amendment. "The insurance companies make $15 billion a year".
Cruz appears happy to have his amendment (or a version of it) included in the bill. A competing and very different plan also was offered Thursday by Republican Sens. It's controversial since experts say it could harm protections for people with preexisting conditions. She would also vote no on the motion to proceed, the procedural vote that sets up debate on the bill.
"Let me say at the outset that this bill isn't ideal".
But it kept the major cuts to Medicaid championed by many Republicans all along, which has been one of the biggest issues with moderate conservatives and Democrats alike.
The "Jimmy Kimmel test" refers to, as described in a June 25 article of The Hill, was a phrase coined after Kimmel tweeted: "Reminder for Sen @BillCassidy: Kimmel test is 'No family should be denied medical care, emerg or otherwise, because they can't afford it'". Speaking to reporters Wednesday night, Trump spoke about how hard it has been to get something to his desk. "It's like this narrow road that's about a quarter of an inch wide". "You have to protect Medicaid expansion states. Health care is tough", he added.