Top Senate Republican to unveil revised healthcare plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso and Sen. John Thune, speaks to the media about plans to repeal and replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington

The GOP demanded to see Democrats' health care plan, so House Dems took them up on that dare

But even with the addition, Murkowski's support for the legislation remains in question.

Republicans possess only a narrow margin in the Senate, and can only afford to lose two votes from their 52-vote majority. “Its gaming the score, ” said Sen.

But it was unknown whether a revised version of the bill to be announced on Thursday morning can satisfy both moderates and hard-line conservatives in the Republican majority who voiced opposition to a draft unveiled last month on very different grounds. "I am challenging anyone in (Republican) leadership to drop the strategy you have today and come to the table to work with all of us".

Several Republican senators floated the possibility as well, with Sen.

The new Senate version backed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and released Thursday bids for conservative support by allowing insurers to sell low-priced, slimmed-down policies and added billions to combat opioid abuse and help cut skyrocketing insurance costs.

"This is our chance to bring about changes we've been talking about since Obamacare was forced on the American people", he said.

The reworked bill McConnell presented to fellow Republicans on Thursday aims to win conservatives' support by letting insurers sell low-priced, skimpy policies. A vote on the measure is possible next week.

Democrats resorted to a similar tactic when they were pushing President Barack Obama's 2010 health care bill through the Senate.

The Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan entity that scores legislation for impact and cost, considers people with these policies to be uninsured, "because they do not have financial protection from major medical risks".

Liberal allies will continue a bus tour to almost 20 states, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky and Wisconsin, to rally public opposition to the Republican bill. So why are Republican leaders pushing this?

One more “no” vote would stop the bill in its tracks, even with a potential tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

McConnell's criticisms of the Democrats are more than fair.

Participating in talks could be tricky as well for Democrats, who face pressure from their progressive wing to embrace a universal, government-funded, health care-for-all system. Many liberals have encouraged Democrats to resist negotiations with Republicans.

"Democratic lawmakers should make certain that they don't end up signing off on conservative reforms that price millions out of health care", Robert Borosage, of the liberal advocacy group Campaign for America's Future, wrote in a blog posting, noting that McConnell would likely look to pick off the fewest number of Democrats he'd need to get legislation passed. West Virginia Republican Sen.

This KHN story can be republished for free (details). Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “Why dont they just have the score written in McConnells office by his staff?”.

"The issue to us is stopping Medicaid cuts and stopping this bad bill", he said.

"The revised Senate health-care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona", McCain said. Under the formula, any state with insurance premiums 75 percent higher than the national average would qualify to get 1 percent of the $132 billion from a long-term insurance stability fund. Alaska appears to be the only state that qualifies, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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