Johnson framed his call to delay the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act as a bid for transparency, arguing that it would give the public more time to see what the bill really entails. Bill Cassidy (R. -LA) said he was "undecided" on whether or not he could vote for it.
The Republican health care bill is uniformly opposed by Democratic Senators, but could pass without them if Republicans line up.
Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress and as several Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week. "I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill".
The measure would repeal taxes imposed under Obamacare, cut Medicaid by $800 million (despite promises by President Donald Trump during the campaign not to cut Medicaid or Medicare), eliminate the requirement that people buy insurance, drop reqirements for essential benefits and result in people with pre-existing conditions paying high premiums or lose coverage.
Johnson's Democratic counterpart representing Wisconsin, Sen. "This is the first step where they're doing that in the Senate bill", Schumer said on ABC's "This Week". Collins, from ME, told the same show she was doubtful that the bill could pass this week, adding that she was very concerned about the proposals' impact on older people and the most vulnerable. Tammy Baldwin, said Sunday on WISN's "Upfront with Mike Gousha" that many Wisconsinites with health issues are telling her they're "panicked" by the proposed GOP health care changes.
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". She cited in part provisions that she believes could cut Medicaid more than the House version. The Senate now has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.More news: Offaly man caught up in Brussels terror attack
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"You can't take over $800bn out of the Medicaid program and not expect that it's going to have an impact on a rural nursing home that relies on Medicaid for 70% of the costs of its patients", she said.
But the forces arrayed against the Republican push to dismantle former president Obama's signature domestic achievement are formidable.
"The health care bill would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it so that everybody is happy with it", Trump complained on the "Fox and Friends" program, in a previously taped interview broadcast early today.
U.S. President Donald Trump has again branded Democrats as "obstructionists" for not working with Republicans to reach a deal to replace what's commonly known as ObamaCare.