Trump confirms he called the Republicans' healthcare bill 'mean'

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. A lie is a lie.

He chided Democrats for their opposition to the Republican effort, saying, "Democrats slam GOP healthcare proposal as Obamacare premiums & deductibles increase by over 100%".

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said it would be "very difficult" for President Trump and GOP leaders to get her support this week for the Senate's health care bill.

And it's going way beyond repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act because it does affect all 74 million Medicaid beneficiaries, not just those people who gained access because of the Affordable Care Act because, in the original construct of Medicaid, it was to be a shared expense between the states and the federal government.

The Senate bill's lower inflation adjustment for federal Medicaid payments would ratchet up the pressure on states, Peacock said.

"It's certainly going to be very hard", Sen.

Republicans view the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, as a costly government intrusion and say individual insurance markets created by it are collapsing. "Health care's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it".

In addition to disputes over costs and insurance rates for Americans, the health care debate also features the most public duel yet between President Trump and predecessor Barack Obama - including an argument over the use of the word "mean". It also would end tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance policies and on larger businesses that don't offer coverage to workers, while phasing out the extra money given to states that expanded their Medicaid programs to offer insurance to the working poor. Talk about income redistribution.

MARTIN: How do the Republicans get to the argument that this will actually bring costs down for consumers?

"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, " Trump said in the interview. But when most of the regulations from the 2010 law went "largely untouched", he withdrew his support.

BAACKES: Well, if you look at what happens when there are economic downturns, and states have trouble meeting a particular budget year, they will start to cut back on benefits.

MARTIN: So what does the Senate bill do?

Trump said that each of the lawmakers would have a chance to negotiate a better deal. The first creditor wants the money quickly. Nowhere in this deal is your position taken into account. "So do I completely rule that out as a possibility of why you go that route?" Hours after McConnell unveiled the bill Thursday, four other Republican senators said they opposed the measure and several others expressed qualms about it, The Associated Press reported.

Heller signaled doubts about the proposal on Friday, which is a step in the right direction. And that amount is going to go up every year slightly, but in the Senate bill would be based on just regular inflation, whereas medical inflation has always been faster.

Do they really want to say someday that one of their most important votes in the Senate involved taking health care away from millions of Americans?

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