GOP Senator Says It's 'Hard' To Imagine Obamacare Repeal Passing This Week

"I can not imagine that these very fine Republican senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken Obamacare any longer!" the president tweeted Saturday. Other Republican lawmakers have also voiced reservations, casting doubt on the outcome. John Cornyn of Texas said there is "a sense of urgency" to push forward but acknowledged the outcome is "going to be close".

Cornyn made the comments Sunday at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado.

US President Donald Trump delivers his weekly address, focussing on healthcare.

The office's report on the House's health care bill, which is similar in many respects to the Senate measure, said if it became law, 51 million people would be uninsured by the year 2026 - meaning 23 million fewer people would have insurance coverage than if Obamacare remains the law of the land. "And it doesn't have to be 100 percent repeal".

Asked if he'll work to stop a health care vote in the next week, Johnson demurred.

Presidential counsellor Kellyanne Conway emphasized Sunday that the Senate health care bill, otherwise known as "Trumpcare", does not cut Medicaid funding.

Then he criticizes two prominent Democratic senators. "I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill", Johnson said. And the president called Massachusetts Sen.

He did, however, acknowledge that there are problems with the current health care system that need to be addressed.

Mr. Paul, one of four Senate conservatives who oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act in its current form, said would change his mind "if they change their approach".

The lengthy proposal only came out last week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to begin voting this week. The Senate GOP unveiled its proposal Thursday.

Johnson's Democratic counterpart representing Wisconsin, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who said on NBC's Meet the Press, "I would like to delay the thing". So I've been encouraging leadership, the White House, anybody I can talk to for quite some time, let's not rush this process.

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with", the U.S. president said.

"They're not going to go down after the Republican bill". The Senate now has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.

The analysis of the bill might not end up being relevant to the final bill that passes the Senate.

The moderate Republican says she has "very serious concerns" about the proposed legislation but hasn't yet taken a position on it. Defections from just three of the Senate's 52 Republicans would doom the legislation.

Collins said she disagreed with Conway's assertions about Medicaid cuts.

Collins spoke on ABC's "This Week". "We believe we'll get more individuals covered than are covered right now".

Speaking to "Fox & Friends", Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama only called the draft bill "mean" because he did it first.

"We have a very good plan", Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

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