Donald Trump says Congress not ‘that far off’ passing Obamacare replacement

Ron Johnson is one of the five GOP senators who have publicly declared they won’t vote for the American Health Care Act as it’s now written.President Trump on Sunday confirmed recent reports that he denounced the House health care bill as “mean” – and he wanted to make sure he got credit for it.”We don’t have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare”, the president said, referring to the Affordable Care Act, his predecessor’s signature piece of legislation. Senate Republicans just released a draft last Thursday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellErnst polls supporters on Obamacare repeal plan Cornyn: Passing Senate healthcare bill by July 4 “optimistic” Sasse has “nothing to announce” on GOP ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ky.) has been pushing the upper chamber to vote on the legislation next week. Susan Collins of ME said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked whether the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump could get her support by week’s end. GOP Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has not yet said she will vote against the bill, expressed reservations towards it to news outlets today.Asked to respond to Conway’s comments, Collins said: “I respectfully disagree with her analysis”.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said seven to eight other senators including herself were troubled by provisions that she believes could cut Medicaid even more than the House version.On ABC’s “This Week”, Collins stated concerns about the cost of premiums and deductibles, the elimination of funding to Planned Parenthood, and what she terms Medicaid cuts. Without the support of at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators, the long-anticipated bill likely is doomed.McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two GOP senators and still pass the bill – and that would necessitate a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence.US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, said Democrats would be working hard to defeat the bill, having already made clear they would co-operate with Republicans if they agreed to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.”What we can do is if they cannot get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I’ve been telling leadership for months now I’ll vote for a repeal”, Paul said. There’s no way we should be voting on this next week. 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.Trump was interviewed by “Fox & Friends”, while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC’s “This Week”.Johnson’s remarks came in a nationally televised interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”