Key Republican senators jeopardize GOP's push to pass Obamacare replacement this week


This history of inaccuracy, as demonstrated by its flawed report on coverage, premiums, and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare, reminds us that its analysis must not be trusted blindly In 2013, the CBO estimated that 24 million people would have coverage under Obamacare by 2016. This forecast comes as Senate Republican leaders press for a vote on the bill later this week, and it has already led one Republican senator to firmly oppose the bill. A number of other senators, like Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Marco Rubio of Florida, are undecided.

Mr. McConnell can afford two defections and still pass a bill under fast-track budget rules, with Vice President Mike Pence serving as a tie-breaking vote. But Graham said he was not one of the senators being closely watched for their support. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 Republican leader. She wants more money in this bill for that. "I will vote no on mtp", Collins wrote on Twitter.

The CBO score is also likely to amplify criticism from industry groups such as the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association, which said earlier on Monday that the Senate's bill violated the doctors' precept of "first, do no harm". The 15 million people the CBO estimates would be uninsured in 2018 is largely due to the repeal of the penalty associated with being uninsured. If he can not get a bill across the finish line in a state with that much support, there's a real problem. But four Senate conservatives - Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. The second source called the effort "buffoonish".

CBO said that under the bill, most insurance markets around the country would be stable before 2020. Remember, Obamacare expanded Medicaid.

However, the White House attempted to discredit the CBO by pointing to the agency's 2010 analysis of Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. And the president, Johnson said, was "sympathetic" to his argument.

"I won't vote to proceed to it unless the bill changes", Paul told reporters. Similarly, Paul said McConnell and his team are doing little to woo him.

"The per capita cap growth rates for Medicaid in the Senate bill are insufficient and unworkable", the bipartisan National Association of Medicaid Directors said in a statement Monday.

The CBO score could complicate things further. To fund the bill's tax cuts for insurers as well as the wealthiest Americans, the health insurance of 22 million Americans would be sacrificed by 2026.

The holdouts are expressing willingness to negotiate, but many of them are pushing revisions that could risk alienating moderate Republicans in the process.

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CBO concluded that, in the aggregate, the waiting period would help increase coverage over the next 10 years.

Despite some calls by Republicans to delay the vote into next month, most in GOP leadership believe that letting the bill hang out over the Fourth of July recess will result in more "no" votes and slow the GOP's momentum.

It was not immediately clear if the revisions to the bill would sway any Republicans who had opposed the original measure.

"I'm more nervous than I was on Friday".

The fact is that the party that tries to make substantial changes in health-care policy owns the issue and gets blamed for everything that goes wrong.

Republicans did get one nod of approval.

For instance, under current law, a 64-year-old making $56,800 a year would see the premium of the current benchmark silver-level plan increase from $6,800 annually to $20,500. And what they found is that for a lot of low-income people, even if they get help paying the premium, they wouldn't buy insurance because they wouldn't have any help using their insurance. An additional rewrite is expected shortly before the motion to proceed to the bill, with additional horse-trading expected on the Senate floor, potentially in the form of amendments. Two decades after that, the federal government required states to cover poor women who were pregnant for the first time.

The GOP would also repeal taxes that Obamacare levied on insurers, drug makers and others.

On Sunday, Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, took a preëmptive shot at the messenger, claiming, without much basis, that the C.B.O. does a "relatively poor job" of analyzing the number of people who will be insured and uninsured under any given piece of legislation.