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Despite Trump's Demands, No Miraculous Health-Care Breakthrough for GOP Senators

Despite Trump's Demands, No Miraculous Health-Care Breakthrough for GOP Senators

The office also estimated that 22 million fewer people would be insured 10 years from now under the latest plan than would be insured under current law.

Premiums would double by 2026 as well. The bill pegs the tax credits to plans that cover only 58% of enrollees' medical costs, compared with 70% under the ACA.

The report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), issued on Friday, could create more problems for Republicans who on Monday failed to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) despite having a 52-48 majority over Democrats in the 100-member Senate.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has criticised Senate Republicans for failing to reach agreement on repealing or overhauling Obamacare, demanding they not leave Washington for a planned August recess until they can find common ground on healthcare.

About 20 million Americans have gained insurance under the law, and national surveys show Obamacare is more popular than Republican proposals to replace it. Republicans looking to overturn the law are faced with a new, independent assessment of what might happen if they do.

Republican senators say they are making progress on partially repealing and replacing Obamacare, but some lawmakers don't know which bill they will be voting on next week.

The bill would also decrease the federal deficit by $473 billion by 2026, while cutting Medicaid spending by $842 billion in that same timeframe.

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"Very confused" perfectly summarizes how most people who are following the Republicans' efforts to repeal Obamacare are feeling. He has said he plans to bring a straight-repeal bill to the floor early next week.

This time, the CBO looked a revised version of a bill offered last month by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).

"That's a judgment that Senator McConnell will make at some point this week before the vote", Thune said, expressing his own hope it will be a repeal-and-replace measure. But like the GOP's other attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (over 60 attempts to be precise), this will unlikely go over well with Republican constituents, who often rely on Medicaid and other government programs.

"For seven years you promised the American people that you would repeal Obamacare".

The Senate parliamentarian is reported to have decided Republicans would need 60 votes to keep anti-abortion provisions in the bill.

"People are hurting; inaction is not an option", Trump said in his public remarks before a lunch Wednesday at the White House to discuss healthcare strategy with Republican senators.