Republican Senator: 'I Don't See A Comprehensive Health Care Plan This Year'

"It's unlikely that we will get a health-care deal", Mr. Burr told WXII 12 News, a North Carolina news station, on Thursday.

About 48 percent of Republicans favored an alternative approach - like the one that's in the House-passed American Health Care Act, where the federal government limits how much money it gives states to spend on their Medicaid programs but grants them more flexibility in designing their programs.

A 55 percent majority of Americans view the Republican-backed American Health Care Act negatively, the same proportion who want the Senate to make major changes to the legislation or reject it, the survey finds. Before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, insurers could charge sick people impossibly high rates. The bill passed the Senate early Friday unanimously.

After House passage of its measure, the US bishops "noted the positive aspects" of the bill, including "critical life protections" for the unborn, the letter said, but the measure "contains many serious flaws" the Senate must act to change, it added.

Its work was made harder by a recent Congressional Budget Office report that concluded that the House legislation would result in 23 million more uninsured people by 2026 than under the current law.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) lowered expectations last week when he said he didn't know how the Senate would get to 51 votes on health care and suggested that moving tax reform legislation could be simpler.

However, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller warned that an effort by the Trump administration or Congress to undermine the marketplaces could drive up premiums. At the same time, the public is increasingly pessimistic about these issues as well as potential cost.

Deep divisions remain between conservative and centrist Republican senators on what a revised health care bill should look like.

This puts the health of Planned Parenthood's 2.5 million patients at risk, including many women here in Florida who will have nowhere else to turn for care if Planned Parenthood health centers are forced to close their doors. They would also be exempt from the PPACA's individual mandate. The bill allows states to waive federal minimum coverage standards, allowing insurers to sell less comprehensive, potentially even skimpy coverage. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.

  • Larry Hoffman