MA leaders consider state impact of US Senate health care bill

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Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey wasn't among GOP senators expressing doubts about the health care bill Tuesday as Senate Republican leaders delayed an expected procedural vote on the legislation.

Moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would vote no.

"I certainly hope upon further examination I'll conclude all the positive things I've highlighted here are enough to persuade me and others to get to yes", Young said last Thursday. He added, "When senators tell me they want to get to yes, that means that we have a very good chance to get to yes", the Associated Press reported. He told reporters on Tuesday that he was very optimistic.

He made the remarks shortly after Senate Republican decided earlier Tuesday to delay the voting until after the July 4 recess due to lack of enough supporting votes.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee has become the fifth Republican senator to oppose starting debate on the GOP health care bill. His spokesman, Conn Carroll, said Tuesday that Lee would not vote to commence debate on the bill "as it is now written", a roll call that's expected Wednesday.

As for the disagreement on health care with his colleague from the commonwealth of Kentucky, Paul said he understood the competing priorities of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Vote after break. McConnell wants to win". "For the country, we have to have healthcare - and it can't be Obamacare, which is melting down".

At 4 p.m. all of the Republican members of the Senate are headed to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Lee said he opposed what he called the bill's first draft because it "included hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the affluent, bailouts for insurance companies and subsidies for lower-income Americans", but nothing for the middle class.

Other senators who have proclaimed their opposition, including Sen.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, before the delay was announced, said he "would not bet against Mitch McConnell".

"I have so many fundamental problems with the bill, that have been confirmed by the CBO report, that it's hard to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the bill", Collins said on CNN.

The Wisconsin Republican said he has every expectation that the Senate will move ahead on the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office says would kick 22 million off the insurance rolls.

The measure was facing significant opposition by moderate Republicans, who were concerned over the effect of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Medicaid and a less-than-favorable report by the CBO.

The Senate bill's largest savings would come from reductions in spending for Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for lower-income Americans, which would drop 26 percent over the next decade compared with current law, the CBO said.

The office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase consumers' out of pocket costs.

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