Senate anticipates seeing revised health care bill today

Dr. Jerry Upperman gives a young patient a checkup at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Outpatient Center Encino in this June 2015

Amid calls from both parties for a bipartisan approach to health reform, 54 percent of Republican voters want GOP leaders to work with Democrats, while 39 percent want them to work exclusively with other Republicans.

Yet on Wednesday, before he released his bill, his fellow Republican senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, attacked it for failing to fully repeal and replace Obamacare, which has been the Republican campaign promise since the passage of the health care law in 2010. Mike Lee, R-Utah, want an amendment that would allow insurance companies to sell any kind of health plan they want as long as they offer at least one that complies with federal regulations.

"I will be very angry about it" if the bill collapses, Trump said.

Republicans hold a razor-thin 52-seat majority in the 100-member Senate, and McConnell will have to balance the desires of moderates, who are tired of increasing the number of their constituents who will lack insurance, with those who say the first draft legislation did not go far enough in eliminating Obamacare. Cruz said Wednesday that his vote to advance the bill next week would depend on whether he was convinced premiums would lower with the GOP health care bill.

"Every time you move the dial in one direction, you maybe add some new members and maybe you lose a couple over here and I think right now we're trying to find the sweet spot", he said.

Notably, the bill doesn't significantly alter plans to gradually slow the expansions of Medicaid.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he hoped Congress could vote to raise the debt limit before lawmakers leave for the August recess. The White House then expects the Senate to vote on a motion to proceed on Tuesday and then anticipates days of debate and amendment votes.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., also plans to dig into the new proposal as soon as it's released, according to spokesman James Wegmann.

In addition to health care, the Senate needs to pass a budget, raise the debt limit and come up with a spending plan before the fiscal year ends September 30.

Amodei voted in favor of the AHCA, though it was a different version of the bill.

Moderate Republicans, meanwhile, should appreciate that Graham and Cassidy's plan keeps requirements that individuals with pre-existing conditions can't be denied care.

President Donald Trump does not appear happy with Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare thus far.

"I'm very pessimistic", Sen. "But don't put it on a repeal bill".

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