Senate leaders try to appease members as support for health bill slips

At least four Republican senators stand in the way of GOP healthcare bill’s passage

McConnell's focus: finding votes for Senate health care bill

"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.

Republican critics expressed doubt over a successful vote this week.

Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sunday called for a delay in the Senate vote on health care and instead seek a bipartisan effort to craft a workable replacement for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Dean Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval might misunderstand the full intentions of the party on health care and issued a broad promise to the country. "I'd like to say love, but like", was all he could hope for.

While discussing the Republican health bill during an interview on "Fox & Friends", Trump said it would be great if lawmakers from both parties could "come up something that everybody's happy with".

"Right now, we've got premiums going through the roof, deductibles are sky-rocketing".

The 142-page measure, released Thursday, would end Obamacare's penalties for people who don't buy insurance, cut back an expansion of Medicaid, but would keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions, compared to the House-passed bill.

Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark reform of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said on CBS' Face the Nation that he was undecided on the bill, as did Sen. "We should not be voting on this next week". He said "mean" was "my term, because I want to see - and I speak from the heart, that's what I want to see - I want to see a bill with heart".

Price went on to defend the bill draft from criticism that people who need health care the most will lose coverage.

Trump said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized the GOP bill before knowing what was in it.

Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn said leaders are working over weekend to bring five Republican senators who oppose the healthcare overhaul on board. That's because unanimous opposition is expected from Democrats in a chamber in which Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 majority.

Trump told Fox that health care is "a very complicated subject", and any changes will draw opposition from one group or another. I don't see that leading it.

Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House bill which, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law. 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.

He tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he has "a hard time" believing that his constituents or even he "will have enough time to properly evaluate" the measure.

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