These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push


CNN: Who gets hurt and who gets helped by the Senate health care bill - "The Senate unveiled its legislation to dismantle the health reform law on Thursday".

"This bill is every bit as mean as the House bill", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

"The Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law", the CBO said in its much-anticipated report.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is the latest in a slew of Republican lawmakers to say they are now uncomfortable with voting for the Senate GOP's Obamacare repeal bill.

The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis today of the Senate Republican health care bill.

According to the CBO report, the bill would result in 22 million more Americans going without coverage by 2026. In 2020, the average premium for the benchmark plan would be about 30% lower than under current law, mainly because those policies would cover fewer benefits - and come with much higher deductibles - and because insurers would receive federal funds created to lower rates.

In a report on Monday, The Post pointed out the problem with criticizing the CBO: Republicans are correct that CBO's forecasts for Obamacare did prove inaccurate in some important respects, as well as that, on several occasions, the agency revised its initial projections. She tweeted that she favors a bipartisan effort to fix Obama's 2010 statute but added, "CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it".

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says 22 million more Americans would be left without health insurance under the U.S. Senate's version of a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Should three Republicans join all Democrats in opposition, the bill would stall in the Senate unless McConnell returns with enough changes to draw some back on board. Already, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada became the first moderate Republican to come out against the bill on Friday. Sen.

Now, after days of closed-door meetings where the very sharpest minds in Washington met to hammer out an alternative, we get a legless version of the mean-spirited Obamacare repeal bill the House passed.

"I would hope ... our members would at least let us get on it", said Sen. It would lead to an estimated $321 billion in deficit reduction from 2017 to 2026.

Sen. Paul told Breitbart News that the bill "looks too much like Obamacare".

HORSLEY: Yeah, for the first time, the Senate bill would cap federal spending on Medicaid in 2020. The CBO estimates that modification in the bill would slightly increase the number of people buying insurance in the individual market compared to what the bill would do without it.

Johnson said he spoke with President Trump, who's been whipping reticent senators, for half an hour on Sunday, but vowed to his hometown paper that he's "not going to be bullied or pressured by anybody".

The CBO also analyzed the Senate bill provision that would allow states to use waivers to modify the health law's essential health benefits that include items like prescription drugs, maternity coverage, mental health and substance abuse.

Senator Rob Portman, of OH, who has not said whether he supports the bill, was "dressed down" by McConnell during a Monday leadership meeting, a senior Republican aide told Reuters. It's a twist on the House bill, which would have imposed a surcharge on consumers who sign up after a long lapse in coverage.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will continue meeting on-the-fence senators who face questions from their governors and state Medicaid officials about potential cuts to the government insurance programme for the poor and disabled, lawmakers said.

Until Monday, Collins was among a group of noncommittal moderates that included Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

Trump said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing the best they can to push through the bill.

-Phasing out the extra financing that former President Barack Obama's health care law provides to states that expand Medicaid.

Democrats remained united in opposition, blasting the bill as a tax break for the wealthy that harms the nation's most vulnerable.

Facing a growing outcry, the White House and some Republican leaders are pushing back hard, arguing that their legislation would not cut Medicaid, because spending on the program would keep growing, just not as fast.