National Ad Buy Boosts House GOPers Who Supported Obamacare Repeal Bill

They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, said the House bill is unlikely to be the version that ultimately clears the Senate and ends up in front of the president.

"The Senate is starting from scratch", Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "And I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right". Such a scenario would force the House and Senate to work together to forge a compromise bill.

Blunt said the Senate GOP will wait to review a score of the legislation's cost from the Congressional Budget Office before moving ahead with any vote.

"Republican senators will not let the American people down!"

"Republican senators will not let the American people down!" he tweeted from his home in central New Jersey, where he spent a long weekend.

However, he also seemed to make a point of giving the Senate time to make changes, despite Trump's strong desire to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

"There is no timeline; When we get 51 senators, we'll vote", Cornyn said, The Hill reports.

A health advocacy group is launching a six-figure advertising campaign this week targeting 24 Republican House members who voted to repeal Barack Obama's health care law.

Obama defended his signature achievement in Boston Sunday night while accepting the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

In his remarks, Obama said he hopes that lawmakers recognize "it actually doesn't take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential".

"Protecting society's most vulnerable - our youngest and oldest citizens, the sick and those with lower incomes - should be the first test of any health care reform legislation", said Wendy Davis, M.D., president of the Vermont Medical Society.

The GOP bill is correctly opposed by a number of physician and health care groups, including the American Medical Association. The Obama-era law expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people.

"First of all, the House bill is not going to come before us", Collins said.

Critics claim the new legislation could make health care unaffordable, cause people to lose coverage - which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price denied on Sunday - and could go down as a major political blunder when the 2018 midterm elections roll around.

But Price insisted Sunday, "There are no cuts to the Medicaid program", adding that resources were being apportioned "in a way that allows states greater flexibility".

OH governor John Kasich questioned what would happen to the mentally ill, drug addicts and people with chronic illnesses under the changes proposed for Medicaid.

Cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid will give states the freedom to tailor the program to suit their needs, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Sunday, as he defended a narrowly passed House bill that aims to undo parts of the health care law enacted by the previous administration.

The ad is in addition to the organization's $2 million TV campaign which uses similar language to thank members in 21 congressional districts for their support of the GOP health care measure.

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, who's part of the Republican leadership team, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the goal for the Senate should be a bill that brings people into the health-care system who aren't now in it, "to give people more choices, to create more competition".

"It is an impossible thing to do, and my job and the MA delegation's job is to make their job even tougher", Markey added at the Boston office of Health Care for All, an advocacy group.

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Some House lawmakers have been challenged by the public over the House vote.

He says changes would get people the care and coverage that they need.

Labrador responded: "That line is so indefensible".

Price commented on CNN's "State of the Union".

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