GOP leader says he'll rework health bill, but offers Plan B

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At least one Republican senator publicly opposed the bill and others were critical of it. McConnell can only afford to lose two Republicans from his 52-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate and still pass the measure. If anything, the list seemed to have grown, as Sen. The tour will visit 20 states - including California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky and Wisconsin - to meet with local leaders about the bill, which Democrats say will harm citizens who receive health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Numerous individual health insurance markets established under Obamacare have struggled, hurt by an unfavorable balance of sick and healthy customers, and some insurers have pulled out because of uncertainty on whether the government will continue to fund cost-sharing subsidies to help individuals pay premiums.

The fate of the GOP's effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law is still up in the air. But they say the GOP is exaggerating the problem and note that several insurers have attributed their decisions to stop selling policies in unprofitable areas, in part, to Trump administration indications that it may halt payments to insurers.

McConnell spoke hours after Sen. Senate Democrats have been "hard no's" on GOP proposals, Cruz said. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) - not because it has enough support to pass, but because the CBO's report would produce information that could prove useful as the deliberations continue. For seven years, we told voters over and over again: "'If you elect us - the one thing you know about us - if you elect us, we'll repeal Obamacare, '" the former presidential candidate told San Antonio talk radio host Trey Ware on Thursday morning.

Further qualms were voiced by Sen.

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Under the proposal, insurers could sell nearly any kind of health plan they wanted as long as they also offered at least one plan that complied with federal mandates like those in the Affordable Care Act, including coverage for maternity care and mental health services.

"There are people who tell me they are better off" under Obama's law, "and I believe them", Moran said at a town hall meeting Thursday in Palco, Kansas. "McConnell today acknowledged that the issues with the exchanges are fixable, and opened the door to bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system", Schumer said.

McConnell aides said the senator had merely reiterated a sentiment he first expressed last week at a news conference outside the White House.

The senator's amendment proposes allowing some insurers to offer plans that don't adhere to all Obamacare protections, meaning they could offer less comprehensive policies at a cheaper price.

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