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Donald Trump says Congress not 'that far off' passing Obamacare replacement

Donald Trump says Congress not 'that far off' passing Obamacare replacement

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". They include at least two senators who have expressed serious concerns over the health bill, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.

"I don't think they're that far off", he said. "We don't have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".

"I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill", Johnson said. Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

Tom Price, Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services, told CNN's State of the Union that "our goal is to decrease premiums", though even a few Republicans have questioned whether this will happen under the proposed plans.

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"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 USA president said.

Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth asked Trump how he responds to a Facebook post from Barack Obama in which the former president said that, "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

As more analysis of the bill reached state officials, especially in places that expanded Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act, misgivings grew.

But he contended that the alternative to changing US healthcare policies is the collapse of the law commonly known as Obamacare. "Let's get something that's going to work". "We could well be in all night a couple of nights".

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But the measure so far has failed to garner enough support to pass with only Republican votes - although the party has a majority in the Senate - after a handful of GOP lawmakers revolted.

Republican Gov. John Kasich of OH said, however, the Senate bill does not provide states the resources they need to deal with such issues as mental health or opioid addiction, and said it will inject more instability and uncertainty into the marketplace.

"There is still a lot of work to be done to fix health care", Executive Vice President of Freedom Partners James Davis told The Daily Caller News Foundation Saturday afternoon. And McConnell has done little to woo the health care stakeholders who were assiduously courted by Obama from his first months in office as he fought for his legislation.

"The health care bill would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it so that everybody is happy with it", Trump complained on the "Fox and Friends" program, in a previously taped interview broadcast early today. "The level of hostility".

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The countries moved to isolate Qatar economically and cut off air, sea and land routes. Doha said it was reviewing the list, but said it was not reasonable or actionable.

Obama took to Facebook on Thursday to speak out against the Senate bill, calling it 'mean'.


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