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CBO Set to Release Analysis of Senate Healthcare Bill Monday

The bill was drafted in secret by the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who unveiled it Thursday. Republicans likely can lose only two senators on a vote to pass the bill because they hold a 52-48 Senate majority and all Democrats will vote no.In fact, Democrats, including President Barack Obama when he was in office, have said repeatedly that they would like to work with Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act.Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.”Based on what I’ve seen. the Senate bill is going to have more impact on the Medicaid program than the House bill”, Collins said. Democrats have met that push with withering criticism, saying “Trumpcare” is far worse.Addressing reporters Sunday, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said passing a health care bill won’t get any easier if Republican leaders delay a Senate vote on the GOP health care plan. Sen. Five senators, including conservatives like Johnson and moderate U.S. Sen.”There’s no way we should be voting on this next week”, Johnson told host Chuck Todd.Joining Paul and Johnson in already announcing opposition are Sens. Independent reports have shown the House’s health bill would vastly cut funding for the program and likely to lead big coverage losses, and early analyses have suggested that the Senate’s approach would actually gut the program even further.Paul, who previously worked as an ophthalmologist, said GOP leaders were “promising too much” by stating the bill would drive down premiums. That obviously means he isn’t a firm no because he could easily change his mind as the bill is amended in the coming days – or as Johnson himself put it, he’s “not a yes yet” – but for now he’s a problem for those who really want this thing to go through.”If they can not get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I’ve been telling leadership for months now I’ll vote for a repeal”, the Kentucky Republican said on ABC’s “This Week”.”I don’t think the bill’s adequate now”, the former presidential candidate stated.As the New York Times’ Margot Sanger-Katz wrote: “Many middle-income Americans would be expected to pay a larger share of their income to purchase health insurance that covers a smaller share of their care”. “We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process and I think that at least is good”.”ObamaCare raised taxes on every American who uses health care”, he said.Tom Price, Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services, told CNN’s State of the Union that “our goal is to decrease premiums”, though even a few Republicans have questioned whether this will happen under the proposed plans.