McCain predicted that Republican health care bill likely dead

Dr. Ted Mazer President of the California Medical Association

Cruz is speaking at a town hall event at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Northwest Austin hosted by Concerned Veterans for America.

Cruz was barely able to deliver his speech over the constant sound of the protesters who interrupted him and waved signs reading "Ted wants us dead", and "Cruzin for a Bruzin 2018".

CASSIDY: If you're only talking about the draft plan, clearly it's not going to pass.

Perhaps the healing power of Ted Cruz' suggested compromise on ObamaCare repeal was a bit oversold. It is far from a slam-dunk, as health care experts who spoke to the WSJ said that Cruz's plan would make premiums soar for those with pre-existing conditions.

In order to get the 60, not 50, but 60 votes he needed; Obama had to agree to a bill that did not have a public option, and that's how we ended up with Obamacare. Cruz has said the bill doesn't do enough to lower premiums and has proposed an amendment in hopes of making it more palatable to other Republicans. After seven years of bellyaching, it would appear Republicans are finally realizing that talk is cheap and pain to real people might mean something.

"There are significant concerns if we fail to repeal Obamacare".

At least 10 Republican senators have opposed the bill in its current form, but many more have criticized the legislation or said they are undecided.

"You are increasing the likelihood that there will be some smaller, sicker group with higher rates", Connolly said. Ten senators have said they would not vote for it. "I am contributing. But the only reason I am contributing is because I have these services", said Amy Litzinger, who is wheelchair-bound. John Cornyn's office, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The Cruz amendment could also help get the vote of Sen.

"It depends", Cruz said Tuesday. He says the town halls will focus on bringing more choice to veterans.

Obamacare guarantees coverage for people with preexisting medical conditions, so scrapping it without a replacement could leave them in the lurch, he said.

North Carolina could be one of the worst hit states with people, including thousands of veterans, losing health coverage and access to Medicaid, according to a new analysis done by the Center for American Progress.

The Senator and the CVA team head to Houston for the weekend, and Saturday's town hall.

Cruz has become one of the most important players in the debate over how to repeal Obamacare.

After answering a few questions from a moderator with Concerned Veterans for America, Cruz took audience questions, as many wanted to learn about his goals for the new healthcare plan.

McConnell and a handful of other Republican senators worked behind closed doors to write a Senate version to a House bill that passed earlier this year.

Though FreedomWorks won't throw its support behind a bill that doesn't fully repeal ObamaCare, the Cruz amendment would make the bill better, said Jason Pye, the group's vice president of legislative affairs. Rand Paul (R-KY) has joined with the President in urging a simple repeal of the Obama health law, and then waiting until later to figure out how to replace it. It could also send a message to Republicans in Congress, however, that either they work with Trump, or they lose.

While the federal-state Medicaid program is most often associated with poor children and single mothers, nearly two-thirds of its spending goes to the elderly and the disabled, even though they make up just 1 in 4 recipients.

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