“GANG OF FOUR ObamaCare overhaul on life support as key Senate quartet balks” -Fox News

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Summary: ” McConnell said that when legislation comes to the floor, it’ll present time Senate Democrats “another opportunity to do what’s right, for the American people.”  Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel contributed to this report. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said they wouldn’t vote on the Senate Republican plan in its current form. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the bill makes “no change” in current law when it comes to “protecting people with pre-existing conditions.” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday that Democrats “made it clear early on” that they “did not want to work with us,”, but Sen. Sen. “Hopefully we’ll get something done, and it’ll be something with heart and very meaningful.” Sen. pic.twitter.com/LYhoO5zr6e GOP SENATORS UNVEIL OBAMACARE OVERHAUL But despite the early GOP-opposition, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he’s “glad the process is moving forward.” “The Senate discussion draft is available, for everyone to review,” Grassley said. “Nobody has fought harder against ObamaCare in the Senate than I’ve but we’ve to in facthave legislation that fixes the underlying problem.” Cruz said the current draft doesn’t do “nearly enough,” and would be a “disaster politically.” Cruz said that key components to “get everyone to yes” are lowering premiums and giving the states flexibility. “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it doesn’t appear this draft, as written, will accomplish the almost all important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal ObamaCare, and lower their health care costs.”  Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill Thusday that if members who support the bill know they do not have the votes needed, discussion would begin earlier. 12, 2016) Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their version of a “repeal and replace” health care plan on Thursday titled, “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” which eliminates a majority of ObamaCare provisions, already drawing backlash from Senate Democrats and even some congressional Republicans. “There shall be a completely full to capacity debate prior to the Senate, with the ability, for senators of both parties to offer amendments.” But Democrats, as expected, are slamming the bill—and almost all are hanging on comments made by President Trump previously in time this week, suggesting the House bill, called the American Health Care Act, was “mean.” “The President said the Senate bill needs heart, the President says the House bill was mean,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Thursday following the bill was rolled out. Mike Lee (R-UT) speaks at a rally, for nominee Neil Gorsuch outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S. The Congressional Budget Office expects to have a score for the draft “early next week.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., who rolled out the legislation, needs 50 votes to pass the bill to the House, with Vice President Mike Pence serving as the tie-breaking vote. on March 7, 2017) Paul added: “Now the discussions begin — I think it could might possibly take longer than a week.”  Cruz acknowledged that he’d not, yet had “the opportunity” to fully go over the bill in its entirity but said “there are components that give me encouragement, and there are also components that are a cause, for deep concern.”  Sen. Still, numerous members have yet to read the 142-page legislation in its entirety, with some Republicans hesitant to “forecast” votes, before reading the bill in full.”

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