Republicans make desperate bid to save health care bill


The measure is named after its main backers, Republican Sens.

McCain has been joined by Senator Rand Paul, another Republican heavyweight, who had been pressured by President Donald Trump to vote for the bill.

The Senate must vote this week for Republicans to have any chance of prevailing with their narrow margin.

The plan update emerged late Sunday after its chief sponsors, GOP Sens. All Democrats will vote against it.

White House legislative liaison Marc Short and Sen. The Republicans are facing a Saturday deadline to act on the legislation. Mike Lee, R-Utah, backs the GOP bill. Mr.

The conservative Mr. Cruz also voiced opposition, underscoring the bill's problems with both ends of the GOP spectrum. They cited a study by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, estimating that the bill would result in 32 million fewer Americans having health insurance in 2027, including more than 650,000 who would lose coverage in Washington. The Maine moderate also criticised a provision letting states make it easier for insurers to raise premiums on people with pre-existing medical conditions.

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Cassidy said Graham and Santorum facilitated conversations with Sens.

Now, in a desperate move to revive the bill, the party has increased funding for some states like ME (43 percent) and Arizona (14 percent), according to estimates of the state-by-state impacts obtained by The Hill. She said colleagues and others have helped her battle the disease with compassion, saying, "Sadly, this is not in this bill".

Paul told reporters after an event in his home state he still plans to vote against the Republican bill that would repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who decides when the Senate could address the bill, has said they "intend" to vote this week on the legislation that's aimed at restructuring the USA health care system and repealing some of the signature elements of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The White House's Mr.

The bill would repeal much of the 2010 law, including its tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance and on larger employers not offering coverage to workers.

The legislation would broadly convert federal Medicaid dollars for expansion programs and subsidies for low-income Americans to purchase health insurance into block grants for states to design their own health-care systems.