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Work together on health care

After days of arm-twisting, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday essentially conceded that they had not secured the votes to move forward on a massive overhaul of the American health care system and would pick up the issue again in July.Republicans in the White House and in Congress were pleasantly surprised that the bill included more savings than they expected – and are trying to figure out if they can dole it out for votes.”We’re still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place”, McConnell told reporters. One of the swing votes on the bill, Sen.”The Senate draft before us includes some promising changes to reduce premiums in the individual insurance market, but I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic”, Portman said.By cutting taxes so dramatically for the wealthy, the bill would force cuts that make even conservative Republicans such as Rob Portman of Ohio, George W. Bush’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, blanch.Republicans hold 52 Senate seats.Moran had not previously been listed among the probable Republican “no” votes on the GOP plan. And that’s banking on a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence.More often, I hear stories of stress and struggle: families juggling jobs and the demands of caring for an elderly parent; couples choosing between medical care and childcare; rural clinics and hospitals pleading for help just to keep their doors open. The Senate is on recess for the entirety of August, and its members only have until the end of September to pass a bill with a simple majority.Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz also weighed in, stating that there are “common sense reforms” that he believes will be reflected in the final draft of the health care bill.”We are going to talk”, Trump told reporters during a meeting with Republican senators, who had been bussed from Capitol Hill to the White House.”But I think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public, very, very important for the people of our country”. The legislation would repeal major elements of Obamacare and shrink the Medicaid government healthcare program for the poor.McConnell said health care is “a big complicated subject”, and complicated bills are “hard to pull together and hard to pass”. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who could lose reelection next year in a state that voted for Hillary Clinton. In fact, the American Health Care Act was scheduled for a vote that had to be delayed before it ultimately passed the House this spring.That means getting back to so numerous insurance market reforms Republicans have said they’ve supported for years like allowing companies to sell insurance over state lines, allowing all kinds of bare-boned “major medical” plans to be sold everywhere, and expanding tax-free health spending accounts. Now that they control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, the pressure is on to deliver an alternative.Sen. Rand Paul, who has opposed the current bill, said he thought Trump wanted to improve the bill.And after a nonpartisan congressional report estimated Monday the Senate bill could cause 22 million more people to lose their health insurance over the next decade while raising out-of-pocket costs for elderly and low-income Americans, it’s at risk of death by half a dozen mini fires. The rest are in opposition, either because of complaints it cuts health care too deeply or that it doesn’t go far enough to repeal Obama’s health care law.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, “This bill is every bit as mean as the House bill”.