Tom Price promises GOP won't pull 'rug out' on health care

"No amount of eleventh hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something", he said.

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday that she has extreme reservations about the Senate health-care bill.

One of the Republican senators who's opposing his party's health-care bill as written says the Senate shouldn't vote on the plan this week. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", Collins said in an interview with ABC's This Week. And the president called Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren "somebody that's just got a lot of hatred".

Under Obamacare, about 20 million more people have been enrolled in insurance plans, many of them under the government's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, which Republicans now want to cut by more than $800 billion over the coming years even though Trump during his campaign for the White House said he would not curtail it. Senate Democratic leader Charles E. Schumer's office put out a list of such offers, including a June 15 letter from Schumer to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for a cross-party meeting to "find a way to make health care more affordable and accessible".

Johnson's Democratic counterpart representing Wisconsin, Sen.

The leader of the minority Senate Democrats, Senator Charles Schumer, said Sunday that Republicans have "at best a 50-50 chance" of approving their Senate proposal. There's no way we should be voting on this next week.

At least five Republican senators have publically opposed the bill.

Tom Price, Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services, told CNN's State of the Union that "our goal is to decrease premiums", though even a few Republicans have questioned whether this will happen under the proposed plans.

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".

But Sanders reiterated on Sunday's "Meet The Press": "If you have cancer and your insurance is taken away from you, there is a likelihood you will die and certainly a likelihood you will become much sicker".

In the Sunday interview, Trump said, "I want to see a bill with heart". Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

"I don't think the bill's adequate now", the former presidential candidate stated.

Senate leaders want to hold a vote this week, but pressure is mounting from both outside and inside the GOP conference. The budget office analysis of the Senate measure is expected early next week. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age. "But I think they're going to get there", Trump told "Fox and Friends".

  • Salvatore Jensen