Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

President Donald Trump and White House officials made the Sunday talk show rounds looking to build support for the Senate Republican health care bill that has faced criticism from Democrats and several Republicans since it was unveiled last Thursday. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) feel the bill is too harsh.

In the Sunday interview, Trump said, "I want to see a bill with heart".

In a strongly worded statement that reflects the "unanimous" views of its board, the National Association of Medicaid Directors said the Republican health care bill would be "a transfer of risk, responsibility, and cost to the states of historic proportions".

A Republican senator up for re-election next year just got some bad news about the Senate GOP health care bill. Walker said he's spoken with McConnell and other Senate leaders and called on them to change the bill before holding a vote.

That would suggest a breeze for Republicans' healthcare legislation to President Donald Trump's desk. "I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates", he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill's chances of passing are 50-50, insisting that Democrats would do "everything we can to fight this bill, because it's so devastating for the middle class". And he says the conversation about the new bill hasn't focused enough on the proposed changes to Medicaid.

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the US over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill. "It's going to be very hard to get me to 'yes, '" said Heller, viewed as the Senate Republican most at risk in the 2018 midterm election. After a few minutes of blaming partisan rhetoric and sort of leaning towards the idea that in all likelihood it won't take too much cajoling to get him to vote yes on the bill, Johnson circles back to the timing of everything.

By "death panels", Hillary Clinton was referring to a line of argument that some Republicans had adopted in 2009 when they attacked former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In a tweet last week after Georgia's special House election, Trump also criticized House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

"We don't let this happen to our country, we don't let this happen to our state", said Mickey Tucker, one of about 40 protesters outside Flake's office.

"If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes, I'll consider partial repeal", he said. I think they can improve outcomes. That could result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage. But Democrats and state lawmakers are deeply opposed to cuts in Medicaid funding among other things, arguing that those provisions will do far more harm to Americans' health than good.

"They're not real expensive drugs, but it's the kind of thing that you don't want the cost of them to be a barrier", for lower income workers, she said.

The issue is acute for many states that expanded healthcare eligibility under the joint federal-state Medicaid program.

He was then asked by the Fox News reporter about Elizabeth Warren, to which Trump replied: 'I think she's a hopeless case, I call her Pocahontas and that's an insult to Pocahontas.

The CBO analysis of the House-passed American Health Care Act projected 23 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 than today and would cut the deficit by $119 billion over the same period.

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