Trump pressures Congress to move forward with healthcare reform

In a tweet Monday, Trump pressed Congress to finish work on health care before its August recess.

John McCainJohn McCainDems to McConnell: Work with us to stabilize health insurance market Trump: Congress wouldn't "dare" leave without "beautiful" healthcare bill Republicans debate Plan B if ObamaCare repeal fails MORE (R-Ariz.) told CBS on Sunday that the GOP healthcare bill was "probably going to be dead".

The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, published Monday, found that the uninsured rate among US adults was 11.7 percent in the second three months of this year, compared with a record low of 10.9 percent at the end of last year. Now, the new Republican bill has drawn criticism from Republican party members too and that is not just from McCain.

Mr. Cassidy said Congress should take up the bill he wrote with Ms. Collins, which allows states to keep Obamacare or auto-enroll residents into a more conservative plan. "Is the serious rewrite plan dead?"

Paul said he spoke with President Donald Trump this past weekend and welcomed his involvement in the process.

But if they add Cruz's amendment, Republicans' math problem is still there.

Signaling his pessimism as well, Sen.

Also Vice President Mike Pence - who's been active with Hill Republicans' health care discussions - went horseback riding Saturday with Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference Roy Blunt of Missouri as well as another crucial White House voice on health care: Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Two of the most vulnerable populations in Oklahoma would bear the brunt of cuts to federal Medicaid funds that would occur if either of two bills meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act became law.


The top priority for Senate Republicans is to find a deal on health care reform, elusive until now - and possibly out of reach - because of the deep ideological and policy divides between GOP moderates and conservatives.

Democrats have ruled out negotiating with Republicans unless they work to fix the law, not repeal it.

Sen. Dean Heller, who is now a "no" on the bill, got yelled at by a man back home to vote for the bill.

Facing few good options, Mr. McConnell last week signaled that Congress will have to patch up Obamacare's ailing markets if Republicans can not smooth over their differences and pass a replacement plan. That sequence - Trump and party leaders favored it early this year but then abandoned it - would face all but certain defeat. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority, and Democrats are united against the bill.

The measure would erase much of President Barack Obama's health care law.

While the Russian controversy deepens, the President may also be called into rescue the faltering push to repeal Obamacare, amid signs that discord in the Senate over the issue could derail a foundational Republican promise. He cited questions about the impact on coverage and cost in a revised conservative plan being circulated by Sen. Ted Cruz event in Texas and inside two offices of Sen. But his proposal has limited appeal to Republican moderates such as Grassley, who told Iowa Public Radio that it may be "subterfuge to get around pre-existing conditions". "I want to figure out, how do we get something done?"

President Donald Trump is back from a trip that highlighted his isolation overseas to confront political storms in Washington over Russian Federation and Obamacare that have only grown more intense in his absence.

Last week, McConnell said he would introduce a fresh bill in about a week, but he also acknowledged that if the broader effort fails, he may turn to a smaller bill with quick help for insurers and consumers and negotiate with Democrats.

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