Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Republicans in the Senate have been pouring cold water on expectations of producing a health-care reform bill anytime soon, but a leading health-care expert says the GOP realistically has just over three months to get it done. Expectations are that senators are considering a number of tweaks to the legislation that passed the House on May 4.

The Republican replacement plan for Obamacare is "uniquely ill-suited for New York's insurance market and regulatory framework", a nonprofit devoted to improving the state's health care found this week. Can you tell us how the Senate bill will impact both the youngest and oldest Americans?

However, that would come with a cost, she notes.

"There was a robust discussion involving the Senate's current work to rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare", Whitlock said.

Senate aides said the Senate bill was not expected to touch insurance protections that are included in Obamacare for people with pre-existing medical conditions, after the controversy over the House bill that would let states seek waivers from those protections.

In an embarrassing retreat, Ryan had to abruptly cancel a March vote on the House measure after a revolt by Republican conservatives and moderates that would have ensured its defeat.

Anthem, one of the nation's biggest health insurers, says it will not return to Ohio's public insurance exchanges in 2018, a decision that could open more holes in the Affordable Care Act's increasingly thin system for helping people buy coverage. And Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said "this is not the best way to do health care, but it's the way we're having to do it", adding that the only thing about the bill he's aware of is that "they're writing it".

In addition to the investment tax, the House bill repeals a 2.3% tax on the sales of medical devices, a 10% tax on indoor-tanning services, a levy on prescription medicines and other taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that GOP senators have been "working hard on solutions that can help rescue American families who've been hurt by Obamacare's failures".

Republicans now face a do-or-die moment to pass a bill. "There will be plenty of time for amendments to be written and offered on the floor", he said. But Trumpcare would roll back that expansion and gut Medicaid and Medicare in order to pad the pockets of wealthy health care corporations and the 1%. Senators Dean Heller, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, and others are supporting a phasedown of Medicaid expansion funding, with funding cuts still beginning in 2020.

Repeal is still pending and now in the hands of the Senate.

Trump will also meet with "Obamacare victims" on Tuesday when he travels to Wisconsin. Now, their bill has failed to garner any Democratic support. The chamber's second-ranking Republican, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, has said his colleagues are working toward getting 51 votes.

But some Republicans are concerned about their tight timeframe in repealing Obamacare, including Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Richard Burr (N.C.), who have questioned whether health care will pass by the end of the year. But Republicans can only afford to lose support for the bill from just two of their 52 senators for that legislation to pass.

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