Trump Insists Republicans 'Have the Votes' on Healthcare

A tough start for GOP in a high-stakes week

Due to their narrow majority and unified Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose just two GOP votes and still push the legislation through the Senate. Under current law, corporations are allowed to buy insurance across state lines for their employees if they are located in several different states. Thad CochranMcConnell tees up debt, government-funding vote National Flood Insurance Program is the next storm for hurricane survivors Trump exempts Citgo from Venezuela sanctions MORE (R-Miss.), who has been suffering from health problems.

Trump also said he would work with Democrats to improve the healthcare system, according to a Politico report. That means that even if every other Republican senator voted for the bill, it would still only have 49 votes.

The president and congressional leaders were putting the final touches on plans for the first major overhaul to the tax system in three decades, a major Trump campaign pledge that the White House hopes will give Trump a sorely needed legislative achievement.

Second, no matter how many times the president says, "We have the votes", reality is stubborn.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also released a statement decrying the process, but her concerns centered around the details of the plan as well. They are Arizona's John McCain, Kentucky's Rand Paul and Maine's Susan Collins. Reconciliation is a disaster but as you know it ends on Friday.

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"The slogan doesn't cut it for me anymore", O'Brien said.

Regarding the recently-shelved Graham-Cassidy health care bill, Trump insisted that enough votes could be wrangled - but not before the Friday deadline. Florida said Tuesday that most of its 45 percent average increase in premiums stems from the risk that the Trump administration will skip cost-sharing payments that reimburse insurers for lowering rates.

But Republicans do not have the healthcare votes. Trump said he was working on a measure to do that.

Republicans are also expected to predict that the Trump tax cuts, if approved by Congress, would drive more robust USA economic growth, predictions that critics are sure to question.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray resumed their bipartisan talks on Wednesday seeking a deal to help stabilize health insurance markets, a Murray spokeswoman said.

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