Donald Trump Sounds Off On Senate Healthcare Bill: ‘Nobody Can Be Totally Happy’ | NBC Nightly News

Donald Trump Sounds Off On Senate Healthcare Bill: ‘Nobody Can Be Totally Happy’ | NBC Nightly News


KELLY O’DONNELL HAS
BEEN FOLLOWING ALL THE
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. >>THE PRESIDENT’S
PRESCRIPTION —
>>HEALTH CARE IS A VERY COMPLICATED
SUBJECT.
>>Reporter: AND HIS DIAGNOSIS
OF THE ACUTE POLITICAL
CHALLENGES AROUND THE SENATE
REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE
BILL. >>YOU MOVE IT THIS
WAY AND THIS
GROUP DOESN’T LIKE IT. YOU MOVE IT A LITTLE
BIT OVER HERE, YOU
HAVE A VERY NARROW PATH.
AND, HONESTLY, NOBODY
CAN BE TOTALLY HAPPY.
>>Reporter: THE
DISSATISFACTION IS PALPABLE AS SEVERAL
RELUCTANT
REPUBLICAN SENATORS WANT TO PUMP
THE BRAKES.
>>I HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVE ING
WISCONSIN CONSTITUENTS
OR MYSELF WILL HAVE ENOUGH TIME
TO
PROPERLY EVALUATE THIS.
>>IT’S HARD FOR ME TO
SEE THE BILL PASSING THIS
WEEK, BUT
THAT’S UP TO THE MAJORITY
LEADER.
>>RIGHT NOW, I AM UNDECIDED.
>>Reporter: FOR MITCH
McCONNELL AND THE TRUMP WHITE
HOUSE, THE
TIME CRUNCH IS A TOOL. INTENDED TO COMPEL
REPUBLICANS
TO DECIDE AND DELIVER BEFORE THE
FOURTH OF JULY
FIREWORK GOES OFF.
TWEAKS AND SWEETENERS
TO THE PROPOSAL WILL LIKELY
COME OVER
THE NEXT FEW DAYS. ALONG WITH AN OFFICIAL
COST
ESTIMATE. THE PROPOSED HEALTH
INSURANCE
OVERHAUL INCLUDES NEW RULES
REGARDING MEDICAID
THAT ARE ALREADY RAISING ALARM
BELLS.
THIS YEAR UNDER OBAMACARE, 31
STATES ACCEPTED
EXPANDED MEDICAID FUNDING WHERE
THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYS FOR 90%
OF THE PUBLIC
INSURANCE PLAN FOR LOWER INCOME
AMERICANS.
IN 2020, THE SENATE GOP PROPOSAL
WOULD MAKE STATES PAY
A LARGER SHARE, BY 2024, THE
FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT AND STATES WOULD
SPLIT MEDICAID COSTS.
CONSERVATIVES DEFEND THAT
APPROACH, CLAIMING
FEDERAL MONEY WILL STILL BE THERE.
>>IT’S NEVER GOING TO
BE CUT, IT’S NEVER GOING TO
SHRINK.
IT WILL EVENTUALLY BE GROWING AT
A SLIGHTLY LOWER RATE.
>>Reporter: IF STATES CAN’T
AFFORD TO PAY MORE,
COVERAGE CUTS ARE INEVITABLE.
>>THE MOST VULNERABLE
PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY AND HEALTH
CARE
PROVIDERS, SUCH AS OUR RURAL
HOSPITALS AND NURSING
HOME, MOST OF WHOM ARE VERY
DEPENDENT ON
THE MEDICAID PROGRAMS. >>Reporter: AND THIS
IS ONE
INSTANCE WHERE THEY ARE NOT
TRYING TO BUILD SPENCE
FOR SOME POLITICAL THEATER.
INSIDERS SAY THEY JUST
CAN’T PREDICT HOW THIS WILL
TURN OUT.
I’M TOLD THAT KEY PLAYERS ARE
WORKING TONIGHT.
THEY’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT
VARIABLES LIKE ADDING
FUNDING FOR THE OPIOID
EPIDEMIC OR
HELPING RURAL

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