Cassidy still undecided on health care bill, he tells Face the Nation

"The American people need better care now, and this legislation includes the necessary tools to provide it", he added. Insurers need healthy customers who are affordable to cover to help pay the costs of people with medical conditions that are costly to treat. This is why the House health care bill would charge people who have a break in coverage 30 percent higher premiums when they reenroll in a new plan.

Lee, who was a member of the group supposedly tasked with writing the legislation, blasted the bill last week after he was left out of the drafting process.

McConnell has said he was willing to make changes to win support, and in the week ahead, plenty of backroom bargaining is expected.

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Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who now opposes the Senate bill, has offered an amendment along those lines. Debate should begin as early as Tuesday.

So far five Republican senators have announced their opposition. That's one of the smaller concerns he highlights in his essay.

In words and, of course, in tweets, President Trump has showered praise on Republicans' efforts to replace Obamacare with their own health-care bill. But they won't, because the tax cuts are the thing that matters to them. "It is far from a ideal bill", Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. "So I've been leadership, the White House, anybody I can talk to for quite some time". He was the featured luncheon speaker also attended by Texas Sen. In an opinion column in Monday's New York Times, Johnson wrote that McConnell's initial draft "doesn't appear to come close" to the goal of making coverage more affordable. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office expects the change would slightly increase the number of people buying insurance in the individual market. There are 52 Republican senators, and he needs 50 "yes" votes to move the bill through the Senate. All they do is delay and complain.

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US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, said Democrats would be working hard to defeat the bill, having already made clear they would co-operate with Republicans if they agreed to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. He said the Republicans' proposed legislation hurts the poor and those with pre-existing conditions.

Ron Johnson is one of the five GOP senators who have publicly declared they won't vote for the American Health Care Act as it's now written. He said he feels "a sense of urgency" to push forward because the health care system is in "full meltdown mode". The legislation would phase out extra federal money that 31 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs. The other three GOP conservatives who say they're against the legislations are Sens.

At a weekend event with conservative donors, top aides to Charles Koch, the billionaire energy magnate, said the Senate bill does not go far enough to dismantle former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, also known as Obamacare.

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These energy contracts "are being negotiated and we will sign - trying to get the price up a little bit", Trump said. It was the first dinner Trump has hosted for a foreign dignitary at the White House since he took office in January.

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