The working poor: The Senate plan fills in the gap left by Obamacare, extending tack credits for people earning less than federal poverty level ($11,700 this year) who have been shut out of the exchange market.
Now, facing an enormous challenge in the Senate on health care, Trump and his team are opting for a hands-off approach on legislation to dismantle the "Obamacare" law, instead putting their faith in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deliver a legacy-defining victory. And so McConnell and his allies have written the Senate bill in a way that's created to obscure some of its harshest effects and give skittish members plausible-sounding reasons to vote yes.
Trump said it was hard to weigh competing forces while drafting the bill, but that the bill revealed by the Senate this week was a good start.
"I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on ABC. The Senate's newly-released bill is similar to the previously-passed House legislation in adopting an approach that will surely increase the numbers of uninsured and do little to stem the rising costs of health care. Trump said on Saturday on his personal Twitter account.
Healthcare stocks closed down 0.1 % on Friday, clawing back some losses after the sector dropped sharply late in the session on Heller's announcement.
"What's driving this is a tax cut that Republicans insisted on of about $700 billion for the wealthiest people in America and the pharmaceutical companies", Durbin told "Fox News Sunday".
During an interview on "Fox & Friends" taped Thursday at the White House and aired Friday, Trump appeared eager to avoid offending any of the holdouts.
"It's not that they're opposed", he said. So basically people would get help, but they would still have to pay even more of their medical bills. "And we'll see if we can take care of that". "I think they'll get some points".
MARTIN: What parts and programs of the Affordable Care Act are most at stake with this new version of the Senate Republicans' bill? That's because unanimous opposition is expected from Democrats in a chamber in which Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 majority. The House bill also had a phase-in of sorts, because it had what amounted to a grandfather clause: It preserved the extra funding for people who had enrolled in the expansion for as long as they stayed on Medicaid. It pays almost the whole bill for the more than 700,000 primarily childless low-income working adults who joined Medicaid after January 1, 2015, when Pennsylvania expanded income eligibility guidelines to take advantage of the more generous federal contribution rate under Obama's law.
Ahead of the vote, Trump and lawmakers are waiting for an independent assessment from the Congressional Budget Office, possibly as early as Monday, on how many people would lose insurance if the Republican plan is enacted and projections on the cost of insurance in the next few years.
Michael Reagan: I guess Donald Trump was right
And in Atlanta they got behind a candidate who doesn't live in the district and wasn't even able to vote for himself on Tuesday. Though Trump is often a convenient target, they would (and did) crucify any Republican president in office.
Health Care gains in danger!!
Senator Roger Wicker of MS expressed some disappointment that the new bill bears too many similarities to Obamacare. The American Academy of Pediatrics, citing the proposed Medicaid cuts, said the bill would hurt children.
Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many
Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race. The following map shows which precincts voted more Democratic (blue) or Republican (red) between 2016 and Tuesday's election .
Senate Republicans Unveil Health Care Bill
Mr McConnell has only a thin margin of error: The bill would fail if just three of the Senate's 52 GOP senators oppose it. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage . "The Republicans in the Senate have decided that bill wasn't cruel enough ".
Senate bill is a gross betrayal
Medi-Cal, a joint program between the state and federal governments, was expanded under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. The result is likely to be that healthy people leave the market and sick people face much higher premiums.