Obama slams new Republican healthcare bill

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 26, 2017

In a tweet last week after Georgia's special House election, Trump also criticized House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

As of Sunday, Johnson is joined by fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Dean Heller in standing against the Senate health care plan as it now exists. Tammy Baldwin, said Sunday on WISN's "Upfront with Mike Gousha" that many Wisconsinites with health issues are telling her they're "panicked" by the proposed GOP health care changes.

President Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the health care law Republicans deride as "Obamacare".

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, now in the center of a national debate about a U.S. Senate bill to remake the American health care system, on Sunday urged fellow Senate Republicans to slow the blistering pace at which some want to reach a vote on the measure. Both our senators are included in the elite 13 GOP senators working in complete secrecy to produce this bill.

"But we won't get one Democratic vote - not one", he said.

Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

"I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill", Johnson said.

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.

But Republicans only hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, with all Democrats expected to vote against the Republican proposal.

Besides the five who have announced their outright opposition, several other GOP senators - both conservatives and moderates - have declined to commit to the new overhaul. The House passed its version - the American Health Care Act - this spring.

Collins says another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts.

The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month.

Ahead of the vote, Trump and lawmakers are waiting for an independent assessment from the Congressional Budget Office, possibly as early as Monday, on how many people would lose insurance if the Republican plan is enacted and projections on the cost of insurance in the next few years.

"My view is, that the Affordable Care Act has problems", he said.

He told ABC's "This Week" the GOP has "at best, a 50-50 chance".

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

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