If One More Republican Defects, the US Senate Healthcare Bill Is Doomed

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"And so my effort is to achieve the best outcome possible as measured by lowering premiums to make health insurance more affordable", Cruz concluded with undeniable logic.

In the contentious congressional vote of Trump's presidency, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 in May to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, called the American Health Care Act of 2017. He has already said the Senate will work through the first two weeks of the August recess, citing a need to finish a slate of unfinished business.

Several senators, including Shelley Moore Capito, Rob Portman and John McCain, had concerns about the legislation and particularly its Medicaid cuts.

The Senate health bill isn't about healthcare at all-it's a wealth transfer: slashes care to fund tax cuts for the wealthy & corporations.

Moderate Susan Collins and conservative Rand Paul already oppose the revised Senate bill.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the Senate Republican health care bill is "not the entire plan" for repealing Obamacare.

President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Friday on fellow Republicans in the US Senate to pass a bill dismantling the Obamacare law, but with their retooled healthcare plan drawing fire within the party even one more defection would doom it.

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The Senate bill can not be fixed before it gets to a vote, Biden said, and "by denying that all Americans have a right to healthcare, it's fundamentally flawed".

"You can't take more than $700 billion out of the Medicaid program and not think that it's going to have some kind of effect", Collins said in an interview Sunday with CNN.

A provision championed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz and aimed at attracting conservatives would let insurers sell cheap, bare-bones insurance policies that would not have to cover broad benefits mandated under Obamacare.

"They are subsidizing the death spiral of Obamacare", Paul said.

"We're willing to do what we can to shore up the system now, to stabilize it to make health care available to people now, but we want reforms to go along with it", he said. "But yes, I believe that when we have a full contingent of Senators that we'll have that vote and it's important that we do so", Cornyn added.

Lee and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had been working together on what they called the Consumer Freedom Amendment, meant to allow health insurers to offer some limited, lower-cost plans that don't comply with Obamacare requirements.

Information for this article was contributed by Elise Viebeck and Sean Sullivan of The Washington Post and by Hope Yen and Erica Werner of The Associated Press.

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