GOP rift over Medicaid and opioids imperils Senate health bill

Erica Roy
June 22, 2017

When pressed by Blitzer about whether he would support a bill even that included funding for Planned Parenthood if it would help the measure get a majority of votes, Barrasso dodged the question.

"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda", Mr McConnell said recently, "which is deregulations, tax reform and repealing and replacing Obamacare".

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans can suffer defections by no more than two of their 52 senators and still push the measure through the Senate.

Among the critics has been Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen.

Even so, lobbyists said final decisions had yet to be made on some issues.

"I strongly support sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation to hold them accountable", Brady told reporters.

Though a member of the 13-senator working group McConnell had tasked with piecing legislation together, Lee said he's not seen the emerging bill and "whole-heartedly" shares the frustration of constituents unhappy over the secrecy. "The president ought to take this as a message to recalibrate how he wants to govern, and if he wants to govern in the middle, I think we'll be happy to meet him there".

When comparing the latest poll to one conducted in May after the bill passed the House, the number of Americans who approve of the bill decreased from 38 percent and the number of Americans who oppose it increased from 44 percent.

"House Republicans are considering using a procedural excuse to hide what they're really doing: covering for a president who has been far too soft on Russia", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, Bloomberg reported.

Besides Lee and Cruz, conservative Sen.

Conservative Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said he had not yet seen the Senate bill. And Alaska moderate Lisa Murkowski said she didn't know how she'd vote, adding, "I have no idea what the deal is".

Numerous Senate Republicans have voiced misgivings over the legislation.

The columnist warned President Donald Trump's administration and Republicans in Congress in February about the potential repercussions of failing to repeal and replace Obamacare. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week.

"The state is going to have to come up with an exorbitant amount of money in order to provides services", Manchin said. Another possibility was letting states drop some coverage requirements that Obama's law imposes on insurers, they said.

After months of secret negotiations, Senate Republicans are set to unveil their Obamacare overhaul Thursday, in hopes of voting next week before a holiday recess, leaders announced Tuesday.

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