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Not Even 40 Votes For Obamacare Repeal — GOP Senator

22 Julio 2017

Trump has scheduled a lunch on Wednesday with Republican Senators as a belated attempt to turn them around on the health care bill that can't even survive a GOP-controlled Congress.

The huge boost in uninsured people is one reason GOP leaders face an uphill battle in winning over enough Republicans to push their legislation through the Senate. By 2020, half the country will be living in areas where no individual coverage options could be found. By 2026, two-thirds of the nation's population will be living in places that lacked individual coverage plans.

"We have to get this done, and I think the president is going to try and help [Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell move the dial after it's been stuck for a few days".

In the most contentious Congressional vote of Trump's presidency last month, House lawmakers voted 217 to 213 to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill.

"We cannot keep the commitment we made to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare unless we get on the bill", he explained.

"That doesn't give Congress much time to implement a replacement", says Cynthia Cox, an associate director for the program for the study of health reform and private insurance at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

According to the CBO, the bill - the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA) - would leave 17 million more Americans without healthcare insurance in 2018 compared to the current system.

"Everyone is working in good faith to be able to proceed to a debate here", Fischer told reporters Thursday in a conference call.

Republicans, who control the Senate with a slim 52-seat majority, are unlikely to be able to round up that many votes for key provisions in the bill to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. After the failure in the Senate of their disastrous plan to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now promises to make his colleagues vote instead on just a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The bill would was also estimated to reduce the federal deficit by roughly $420 billion over the same period, The Hill reports.

The CBO analysed and predicted that the cost of medical insurance would rise by 25% in the coming year and double by 2026.

77 percent say they want Republicans to work with Democrats for a bipartisan bill. "I don't think that's a good idea".

It would also defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

McConnell is focused first on getting the votes he needs to clear a critical, procedural hurdle to begin debating any health care legislation. And for now, despite all the confusion, the ACA stands.