CBO analysis of the bill predicts that 23 million Americans would lose their health insurance, while the top 1 percent of Americans would enjoy $306 billion in tax cuts over 10 years. "We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process, and I think that at least is good", she continued. Time is of the essence!
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), speaking on ABC's "This Week", said he believed the bill has a "50-50" chance of passing. None of the Senate's 48 Democrats are expected to support the package, meaning the legislation survives only if no more than two Republicans vote no.
Price reiterated the argument he has made for months, saying the bills under consideration in Congress are only one part of the GOP's health care plan and that HHS will take action on the administration side to lower premiums - which Heller said the Senate's newly revealed bill will not do.
"Health care is a very, very tough thing to get", Trump said.
"We don't have the courage in Washington, the honesty, to talk about this issue with real facts", he said.
"My view is, that the Affordable Care Act has problems", he said.
Cassidy's concerns have critics of the Senate bill hoping they can persuade him to oppose the proposal. Sen.
The Senate's 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led by McConnell, aims to deliver on a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump to undo former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010.
All together, it shows how long-term conservative goals of cutting taxes and entitlement spending have overtaken Trump's agenda, as the bill faces critical votes in the Senate as soon as next week that could take it to the precipice of becoming law. It would repeal the ACA's individual mandate to purchase health insurance, make deep cuts to Medicaid and withhold federal funding to Planned Parenthood for a year. Heller said he thought the bill would harm the elderly, the disabled and people battling substance abuse, adding that he is "not confident" it will lower costs for consumers.
Joining Paul and Johnson in already announcing opposition are Sens.