Dallas Republican Pete Sessions says GOP plan doesn't resolve health care problem

Marie Harrington
June 25, 2017

That could result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage.

Under the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, Americans who don't purchase health insurance are subject to a fine.

The Senate unveiled its health care plan Thursday.

That process limits what policies can be included in the legislation, and the waiting period could be among the restricted provisions, Vox reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes. Its fate remained uncertain after the four lawmakers refused to back the current Senate plan, leaving Republicans short of the votes needed for passage.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on the Republican-backed bill.

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Several Republican senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas, already oppose the bill in its current form. The North Carolina representative told reporters the Senate bill "does not have enough conservative support" to get by the House without changes.

While Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, the party's efforts to unwind Obamacare has been dogged by internal conflicts between moderate and hard-line members of the party. Seventy-four percent of those polled, meanwhile, said they have a favorable opinion of Medicaid.

Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday morning, called the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people".

"It's not that they're opposed. And we'll see if we can take care of that".

"The Freedom Caucus strongly supports going to conference with the Senate on healthcare legislation", the source said. Americans deserve better than this highly partisan, secretive bill. The Republican-majority House passed a similar version of health care legislation last month. Even President Trump reportedly called a different version of the bill mean.

But critics point out that it phases out the Medicaid expansion that's a hallmark of the existing law and gradually reduces federal contributions to the program. The bill also makes major cuts and structural changes to Medicaid, a health insurance program relied upon by almost 75 million Americans - primarily low-income, disabled, and elderly.

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