Republicans struggle to agree on healthcare bill before self-imposed deadline


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About 13 million Americans would lose their health insurance over a 10-year period if the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is passed, a Trump administration actuary reported.

Senate Republican leaders are aiming to bring a major revision to the nation's health-care laws to the Senate floor by the end of June even as lingering disagreements, particularly over Medicaid, threaten to derail their efforts, several Republicans familiar with the effort said Thursday.

So it's anybody's guess whether he'll applaud a Senate bill that's every bit as miserly as the House bill, or if he really means what he said Wednesday.

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In an effort to ramp up the pressure on Republicans over health care, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a letter Friday requesting an all-senators meeting in the Old Senate Chamber next week.

"They're ashamed of the bill", the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, said. And we're told that we're going to vote on it in a matter of days, without a CBO score and without any revelation of what's included in that.

The Senate's decisions could have huge implications: Health care represents about one-sixth of the US economy, and about 20 million people have gained insurance under the 2010 health law, President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

"We're keeping our promise to the American people", Trump said on Tuesday.

Durbin asked Price if he thought that was a responsible way to handle the health care of every American citizen.

Murray noted that when the House's proposed Obamacare replacement bill passed last month, Price had called it "a victory for the American people", and participated in a Rose Garden gathering with Trump and GOP House members to boast of its passage.

Since Senate Republicans are not sharing the contents of their drafts with either the Democrats or their own senators, it is impossible to say how different of alike the two bills would be. The Democratic senator said he is hosting the hearing because GOP leaders have been crafting a bill "in secret with no public input or oversight". They agreed to language letting states drop requirements for higher premiums under Obama's health care law to protect with pre-existing medical conditions, and requiring insurers to cover specific services like maternity care.

"It's clear to me that you are not going to stand by your comments", Murray shot back.

Republicans have said the House bill is aimed at lowering premiums and expanding consumers' insurance choices while getting rid of mandates that require people to buy coverage.

Paul has been less vocal about his opposition than he was when the bill was moving through the House. "It's thrown a lot of people off coverage they had, driven up costs". Congressional Democrats, on the other hand, believe the duty of government is to protect the powerless against the powerful.

Meanwhile, Democrats have been holding news conferences and calling on Republicans to share with them more details of the negotiations. Sen.

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