'It Must Be Defeated': Feinstein Blasts GOP's Proposed Health Bill

On Wednesday Senator Ted Cruz held a town hall in McKinney hosted by Concerned Veterans for America

"They all promised they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare, and they got to do it". It came shortly before The New York Times reported that Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer past year - the first known meeting of several of the senior-most members of Trump's team and a Russian national during the campaign.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, pushed lawmakers for progress in a Monday morning tweet, saying he couldn't imagine Congress "would dare to leave Washington" without a new health-care bill approved.

But the measure is coming under renewed attack from within the GOP, with a moderate senator calling for a bipartisan approach.

Sen. Jerry Moran: Said at a town hall in Palco, Kansas, that he's still a no, and that the bill would hurt rural communities.

Senators are returning to the Capitol after a weeklong July 4 recess that, if anything, saw GOP support erode for a bill fashioned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate Republicans rolled out a bill in June that they hoped would replace the ACA, a major campaign promise of Trump.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to put pressure on Republicans to stay the course.

Gallup said younger adults might see the penalty for remaining uninsured as a better deal than shelling out extra cash for coverage they do not use as frequently as older Americans. Polls also show the Senate plan to be very unpopular among the American public.

Short acknowledged that the messaging around the health care repeal effort has not been strong and faults all parties involved - including the administration and congressional Republicans.

For some governors in Republican-run states, the issue is less about repealing Obama's 2010 statute to secure a political win and more about not blowing a hole in state budgets and maintaining health care coverage for constituents.

In an interview Monday, the ME lawmaker rejected a proposal from conservative Sen.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the author of a "Consumer Freedom Option" amendment created to bring conservatives on board with the bill, spent part of Sunday insisting that its critics were wrong. Collins said the plan would lead to unaffordable costs for individuals with pre-existing conditions and caps on coverage.

She also said she wants to work with Democrats - but is receiving unclear messages from Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority, and Democrats are united against the bill.

"The bill has to look more like repeal for me to get on board", Paul said.

"I can not image that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a attractive new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!" Some Republicans now say a vote to pass a bill could stretch beyond August, if there is a vote at all. John Hoeven of North Dakota became at least the 10th GOP senator to publicly oppose the bill in its current form with remarks he made to local media and a public statement released during the July 4 holiday. Bill Cassidy, (R-La.) who told Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday that "we don't know what the plan is".

The governor said what is important to him is that "Florida is treated fairly" under whatever legislation ultimately clears Congress. Scott also said it's important that, whether someone has a pre-existing condition, they have the right to buy the plan they want. John McCain, Arizona Republican, told CBS' "Face the Nation".

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