Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

(Vatican Radio) American bishops have called on the U.S. Senate to remove what they deem are unacceptable flaws in the discussion draft of its health care bill.

The bishops praise some fundamental elements in the bill but point out that an acceptable health care system must provide access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life.

As one of five Republican senators that announced opposition to the bill in its current form, Paul said he would consider voting for partial repeal of Obamacare, if there's a stalemate, but argued the Senate bill "isn't anywhere close to repeal".

While the opioid epidemic is not limited to that pair's states, most other Republicans did not join the call for including a major opioid epidemic funding stream through their health bill.

"My background really is manufacturing".

"But we are not walking away", he said.

One key lawmaker attending the weekend summit at the luxurious Broadmoor Hotel, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and a chief negotiator on the House bill, outlined two key changes to the bill that he said could likely win enough conservative support for passage. "Let's acknowledge that, let's fix the damage done by Obamacare and transition to something that works".

Fox News' Pete Hegseth pointed to former President Barack Obama's recent Facebook post criticizing the Senate's healthcare bill. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that while he's undecided on the bill, he's open to a "yes" vote if certain elements that affect his state can be addressed.

Schumer described the GOP proposal as "devastating" to the middle class and "that's what's making it so hard for them to pass it". And let's not forget one thing: ... "What's driving this is a tax cut".


James Winkler, a retired physician, waves a placard during a protest in Denver on June 23, 2017, targeting the Republican health bill. This narrow group of wealthy people with power. "Let's have the integrity to show the American people what it is".

"You can't take over $800bn out of the Medicaid program and not expect that it's going to have an impact on a rural nursing home that relies on Medicaid for 70% of the costs of its patients", she said.

Johnson then goes on to say the real problem with Obamacare is that it forces insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions and he trots out the party line that the AHCA cuts to Medicaid aren't actually cuts, so you know, don't go falling in love with the guy.

"It's going to be a challenge, but I have to strongly disagree with the characterization that we are somehow ending the Medicaid expansion".

Fox News aired a pre-recorded interview with President Trump on "Fox and Friends" Sunday morning which covered a number of topics, including the recently released Senate health care bill. It does keep tax credits, but the maximum income to qualify for tax credits is reset for 350 percent of the federal poverty level - about $42,000 for a single individual - which is lower than the 400 percent under current law. But I think we're going to get there. I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to view the Senate bill.

"Health care is a very, very tough thing to get".

"This bill doesn't do that", he said.

He acknowledged the bill has critics: "Some people have been more public about concerns but said they want to get to yes".

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