US Senate Republicans release changes to healthcare proposal

Cornyn GOP won't delay Obama Care repeal vote

Greg Nash

The latest CBO score of the House's health care legislation estimated that 23 million fewer Americans would be uninsured by 2026. With unanimous Democratic opposition, the bill could only afford to lose two GOP votes and pass. But none has ruled out backing the measure if it's changed, and GOP leaders are looking for ways to win more votes by revising the legislation.

"It's going to be very close, but we're working with each one of them in trying to accommodate their concerns without losing other support", said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas.

"We've got a lot of discussions going on and I'm still optimistic we're going to get there", he added. The estimate was based on a revised version of the Senate bill, which was released on Monday to include a provision that would delay a person's health insurance from taking effect for six months if they have a lapse in coverage in order to encourage people to buy insurance.

By next year, 15 million more Americans would lack coverage than under Obama's Affordable Care Act primarily because of the elimination of tax penalties on those who lack coverage, the budget office said. Spicer said Trump is "pleased with the developments" in changes Senate Republicans are making to the House passed version, a plan Trump has labeled as "mean".

The Senate's plan, like the House plan, drastically cuts federal funding for Medicaid and financial assistance to make health care affordable.

The 49-page report from Congress's nonpartisan budget oversight arm is likely to make it hard for the bill to pass easily through the Senate, as GOP lawmakers had hoped it might perhaps as soon as this week.

A Made-Up Story? Jay Sekulow Sets Record Straight on Trump Investigation
Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says the best thing for everyone will be for the investigation to run its course. Himes says it's important for the committee to conduct its investigation right rather than quickly.

Those most affected would be people between the ages of 50 and 64 who do not yet qualify for Medicare with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, the report concluded. Susan Collins and Dean Heller and conservative Sens.

The moderate Republican opposition to the bill in its current form came as at least five conservative Republican lawmakers - Sens.

Along with the Joint Committee on Taxation, the CBO audit of the Senate's health care bill determined that 22 million people would be uninsured by 2026 should the legislation be enacted.

"So it's not that people are getting pushed off a plan", he continued. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs.

However, CBO forecasters predict the insurance market will remain stable for most of the country, with or without the Senate bill. The Senate must not rush legislation that would throw them into peril.

Latest News