Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress and as several Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week.
We could see a vote sometime this week.
President Donald Trump is keeping up the public pressure on the five GOP senators.
The Associated Press, citing anonymous congressional sources, reported earlier this month that Trump called the House's version of the bill "mean" during a meeting with Republican senators, asking them to make their version of the bill be more "generous".
Schumer says Democrats have made clear they would be willing to work with Republicans to pass a Senate bill if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. He originally called for a full repeal of Obamacare.
The disproportionate impact the Senate bill would have on the elderly went unmentioned on Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, CNN's State of the Union, and CBS' Face the Nation. "There are a lot of bills that we move, you know, the committee that I chair, there's a lot of activity over there that's very bipartisan, and I hope that we see a lot more of that".
As HuffPost noted, the Senate bill "is worse for seniors than what the House passed", pointing out that cuts to Medicaid, the "age tax" that allows for insurance companies to charge older people more, and smaller subsidies "puts vulnerable seniors smack in its crosshairs". "They're not addressing the root cause", he said, referring to rising health care costs.
And that's where I think, given the extent of what the damage would be 10 years out, is what would happen - is we would have to reduce the amount of money we offer providers.
"If they're not going to use the committee process for health care, I doubt they'll use it for tax reform", he said.
But the politics in the Senate remain hard as McConnell continues to negotiate behind closed doors and rushes the bill to a vote expected this week.
"We don't have the courage in Washington, the honesty, to talk about this issue with real facts", he said.
"I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates", he said. The organization of deep-pocketed conservative advocacy groups similarly rejected the House GOP bill this spring until party leaders tacked on tough amendments to appease right-leaning Republicans.
Cassidy, who proposed health care legislation that was sidelined by Senate GOP leadership, also was non-committal in his statement about the proposal released Thursday, saying it had some positive elements.
'I saw Schumer criticizing the bill a couple of weeks ago, and he had no idea what was in the bill. "And I'm not against it just because I want to be against it".