McConnell is working with hardly any margin for error.
"The Committee of Conference is more than appeasing an individual - the Committee of Conference does a lot of very in-depth work and understanding all the intricacies of the different lines", Hinch said. Susan Collins (R-ME) that had been bashed by conservatives as "Obamacare-lite".
Another key Republican also expressed optimism. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said, albeit adding that members still had "a long way to go".
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) believes that the Senate needs a slower rollback of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
The bill passed on its second attempt in the House. But right now, it's not clear if Republicans can cobble together fifty votes.
Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, a Metairie Republican who handles the budget bills in the House, said he didn't think it was wise to "use 100 percent of a wrong number".
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Cassidy said the protections for people with pre-existing conditions were a big factor for him, as well as the slower rollback of the Medicaid expansion, which has helped states like his insure more people nearly entirely on the federal government's dime.
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"I still think in the end there is a huge reason why we have to get to 50 on this", said Thune, the third-ranking GOP leader.
Asked if the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion was still a concern of his, Cassidy said it was.
The House healthcare bill could result in 23 million people losing insurance, the Congressional Budget Office estimated, although Republicans have challenged that conclusion. He said the Senate GOP is looking at a "glide path" lasting beyond 2020. John Hoeven (R-ND) told reporters after the lunch. "Of course, it's not everything I want, but that's life". "Senator Grassley was the ranking member". But even if a bill gets a majority of the votes in the Senate, there are still big questions about how and if the Senate and House could agree on a final version. "That means another 20 counties in the state of OH will have no health care plan". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said as he headed into a lunch meeting with the rest of the Republican conference, saying "differences on Medicaid" were making it hard to impossible for GOP members to come together on a bill. Both could balk at the more modest Medicaid cuts and the maintenance of certain taxes; they've already been cagey about where they now stand on the bill.
McCaskill's fiery condemnation of the Republican party is an absolutely necessary reminder that those pulling the strings in both the House and the Senate now do not care about anything other than their own agenda. Irretrievably so, Graham said, because the bill includes refundable tax credits, which are anathema to Paul. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).
The major goal of the health legislation in the Senate and House has been to lower premiums and expand choices while getting rid of the mandates in "Obamacare" that require people to buy insurance. No Democrat is expected to vote for the GOP plan.
The Utah Republican, apparently unsure how to respond, had an aide whisper a talking point in his ear. But there is great appetite as soon as they abandon it.
"We've had plenty of time to discuss this issue". The Senate's proposal would not allow insurers to set higher prices for people with pre-existing conditions compared to healthy people.
"No, I mean on the proposal you're planning to bring to the floor of the Senate for a vote".
The White House also wants to see a vote to raise the government's borrowing authority, known as the debt limit, before the congressional summer break. It could amend the bill and send it back to the Senate. But given the willingness of House Republicans last month to support a bill that many of them didn't like, no one should be certain that Republicans won't compromise on their principles again.