Senate Republican leadership released their highly anticipated health care bill this week, but as of now, there's a lot of uncertainty over whether it will pass the Senate. "They're not going to go down after the Republican bill".
Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat that would be a major embarrassment to President Donald Trump and the entire Republican Party. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who each have expressed serious reservations with the bill for very different reasons, proclaimed during exclusive interviews on Sunday's "Meet The Press" that rushing a vote before the July 4th recess would be unwise.
"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said.
Conservative lawmakers have expressed concerns that the bill does not repeal enough ObamaCare provisions, while moderate lawmakers are anxious about the cuts to Medicaid.
The doubts about the latest plan from Washington came from Republicans, Democrats and the nation's one independent governor.
The GOP legislation would phase out the Medicaid expansion, dramatically curb Medicaid spending and repeal ObamaCare taxes and its mandate to buy insurance.
"I do think this is a crisis, and I think it's all hands on deck", said McCaskill.
"You've got states across the country, including Pennsylvania, that have to balance their budget", he said.
"These people who are busting it, working 60 hours a week and they've seen their premiums double and their coverage cut in half, it's the craziest system in the world".
McConnell may have a tough job convincing enough Republican senators that the Senate bill improves on the House version.
"These are not cuts to Medicaid", Conway said earlier on "This Week".
Both Paul and Cruz told reporters Thursday that they felt they could get to "yes" votes with tweaks to the proposal.
The Senate bill would provide money to stabilise the individual insurance market, allotting US$15 billion a year in 2018 and 2019 and US$10 billion a year in 2020 and 2021. But Democrats and state lawmakers are deeply opposed to cuts in Medicaid funding among other things, arguing that those provisions will do far more harm to Americans' health than good.