But any money he pumps into the bill to hold onto moderates could drive conservatives away. That's only slightly fewer than a House version that passed last month.
"If Leader McConnell says failure is not an option, don't set yourself up for failure would be my advice for the leader", Johnson told reporters.
THE CONSERVATIVES Cruz, Paul, Johnson and Sen. There is a valid concern that the Medicaid expansion phase out will not only result in more uninsured, but the loss of life as people will no longer be able to afford health care.
Despite uncertainties about how the bill's moving parts would play out, the report says: "The amount of federal revenues collected and the amount of spending on Medicaid would nearly surely both be lower than under current law".
McConnell could pull the current bill and try to negotiate a new version over the coming weeks.
You can learn more about the revised health care bill at the National Conference of State Legislators. He wants the GOP legislation to go even further in rolling back certain Obamacare measures. "Both would get rid of the individual and employer mandates, as well as eliminate taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others". "We can do this. and solve the problem of preexisting conditions using high risk models".
But Republican leaders are unlikely to retreat, due to political and practical reasons.
That 10-year projection from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office threw the outcome of a planned Senate vote on the bill this week further into doubt. "I will vote no on mtp", meaning motion to proceed. "It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes". The CBO score also shows that the BCRA would largely shrink or inflate the current effects of Obamacare, rather than radically changing the direction of most costs or revenues - thus cementing the bill's reputation as a modification rather than a full-scale repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
They are pointing to the fact that Trump called the House health care bill "mean" to senators a month after he hosted a celebration in the White House Rose Garden after the bill's passage.
Collins responded that she was still reviewing the CBO report, but that "it's obviously not positive". Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican who is facing a tough re-election contest next year, says the bill is too tough on Medicaid coverage for the poor. "Because I actually have not even considered that".
The cuts under the Senate bill are bone-deep: Trumpcare axes $772 billion from Medicaid in the first decade.
"I think there probably is a way you could address at least some of the issues they've raised", Thune said.
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have been pushing to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic legislation, since it was passed, making it a central campaign promise.
According to the CBO, the Senate legislation would also slash federal spending by some $321 billion over the 2017-2026 period, a net savings of $202 billion over the House measure.
It's not clear if more money is enough can bridge the ideological gaps that have divided Republicans. He could give Collins and Sen.
Republicans have no great political options here, so maybe they should just do what is right: Stop sabotaging Obamacare and start working with Democrats to make it better.
It might not be enough. Those numbers have been increasing as health costs rise and the number of people who are eligible for the program expands.
In our book, "Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen", we find that thumbing one's nose at public opinion might spell trouble for elected Democrats. How does this forecast affect the chances of the bill passing? Paul remains opposed to the bill. How do you get there?