Ron Johnson on GOP health care bill: 'Not a 'yes' yet'


Susan Collins of ME said on ABC's "This Week" when asked whether the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump could get her support by week's end.

Thursday, Senate Republicans revealed their approach to repealing and replacing the Obama administration's signature health care initiative, the Affordable Care Act.

She said she wanted to see an upcoming analysis by the Congressional Budget Office before making a decision.

The House repeal-and-replace bill sought to allow insurers to charge a higher premium to individuals with lapsed coverage, in the hope that people would maintain their insurance plan rather than risk having to pay more money when they restarted with a new plan months later.

"I have a hard time beleiving Wisconsin constitutients, or even myself, will have enough time to properly evaluate this for me to vote for a motion to proceed", Johnson replies.

The entire Democratic Party is expected to stand against the bill, which means the Republicans can only lose support of two lawmakers in the Senate.

In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

If the Senate approves its repeal version, either the House would have to pass the same bill or reconcile its version with the Senate's before Trump could sign it into law. She was kind enough to join us from the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo. "But I think they're going to get there", Trump told "Fox and Friends". "You have to have a policy to get your people healthier, gets them in a productive work force if you will and we're going to do that by intervening", West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said.

Five GOP senators - four conservatives and a moderate - have said they oppose the measure McConnell unveiled last week.

With the July 4 congressional recess just one week away, it sounds like Senate Republicans are feeling pressure over their impending votes on their healthcare bill.

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The Koch network holds similar opinions regarding the Senate bill. It would phase out subsidies to help lower income people buy insurance, curb taxes on the wealthy and cut hundreds of billions of dollars in funding over the next several years for the government's health care program for the poor and disabled.

A busy week is to be expected on Capitol Hill, where Senate could vote on the GOP proposed health care bill, that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

"The reductions in subsidies would lead fewer people to decide to purchase insurance-and markets with few purchasers are less profitable for insurers", CBO said.

"And honestly, nobody can be totally happy".

Senate Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million, raise costs for many people now enrolled in private insurance and slash Medicaid by billions of dollars, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.

It said that would especially apply to people between 50 and 64 and with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, or around $30,300 for a single person.

And the federal government says yeah, states, we're going to pay this much and no more.

The doctors' group is also alarmed that the Senate bill would reduce subsidies created to help people purchase insurance and would allows states to waive rules requiring insurers to cover a list of essential benefits and limiting out-of-pocket expenses.

Collins appeared on ABC's "This Week".