Overnight Healthcare: Trump to pressure GOP senators on healthcare at White House

Overnight Healthcare: Trump to pressure GOP senators on healthcare at White House
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President Trump plans to host a group of Republican senators at the White House on Monday night as he seeks to persuade them to back the Senate's new healthcare bill. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting but declined to provide a list of senators expected to attend. 

Senate leaders face a tough task in generating momentum for their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOPINION | How Democrats stole the nation's lower federal courts Flight restrictions signal possible August vacation for Trump The GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million MORE (R-Ky.) hoped to vote on advancing the bill this week but delayed those plans after learning Sen. John McCainJohn McCainSen. Flake's GOP challenger: McCain should resign The Hill's 12:30 Report Armed Services leaders appoint strategy panel members MORE would be out this week to recover from a surgery.

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Trump: We need McCain's vote

President Trump took a moment during Monday remarks to wish Sen. John McCain well as the Arizona Republican recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.

"I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him," Trump said during his "Made in America Product Showcase" event at the White House.

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"He's a crusty voice in Washington, plus we need his vote."

Trump brought up McCain as he spoke about the GOP's attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  

McCain's absence leaves Republicans unlikely to get the votes needed to advance the healthcare bill, which was already facing an uncertain future and has no room for error. 

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GOP senator questions McConnell over Medicaid comments

Sen. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonGOP frets over stalled agenda Conservatives target Congress, not Trump, after healthcare collapse Healthcare push leaves Republicans in disarray MORE (R-Wis.) is hedging over whether he'll back the Senate's new ObamaCare replacement bill.

Johnson initially indicated he could back the measure, but told a local newspaper that he's now not so sure because of comments by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggesting some Medicaid cuts in the bill may not happen.

"I am concerned about Leader [Mitch] McConnell's comments to apparently some of my Republican colleagues -- 'Don't worry about some of the Medicaid reforms, those are scheduled so far in the future they'll never take effect,'" Johnson told the Green Bay Press-Gazette in remarks that were first published on Friday.

The Senate GOP bill dramatically reforms and scales back Medicaid funding -- a move that is drawing pushback from several key swing votes. But, according to The Washington Post, McConnell is privately telling undecided moderates that some of the deepest cuts to the program will never happen. 

Johnson said he had to "confirm" the comments, but if true, they would mark a "pretty significant breach of trust" with conservatives.

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Senate Dems push for public hearings during delay

Senate Democrats are doubling down on their push for Republicans to hold public hearings on their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare after a surprise setback stalled the legislation. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Democratic Sens. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayLawmakers send McCain well wishes after cancer diagnosis Trump labor board nominees advance in Senate Dems tout failure of GOP healthcare bill MORE (Wash.) and Ron WydenRon WydenTrump and GOP wise to keep tax reform and infrastructure separate Dem senator questions Justice Department on warrantless surveillance FCC says it cannot provide more proof of claimed cyberattack MORE (Ore.) in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and GOP Sens. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchSenate panel advances Trump's tax policy nominee Healthcare debacle raises pressure for GOP on taxes GOP frets over stalled agenda MORE (Utah) and Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate panel rejects Trump funding cuts on Energy Department programs Governors-turned-senators meet to talk healthcare With healthcare bill derailed, GOP wonders: What now? MORE (Tenn.) on Monday suggested a list of outside groups that could be invited to testify. 

"Given your decision to delay the vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, we request that you use this additional time to hold public hearings ... on the policies in the bill, especially the radically conservative Cruz/Lee proposal released to the public only five days ago," they wrote.

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Groups launch 'people's filibuster' against GOP bill

More than a dozen groups opposing the Senate GOP's healthcare bill will hold a "people's filibuster" for two days on the lawn of the Capitol.

Activists and Democratic lawmakers will speak out against the ObamaCare repeal bill Monday and Tuesday and possibly later in the week.

The effort is organized by Planned Parenthood, which stands to lose federal funding for a year under the bill, along with MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and other groups.

"We are here to tell Senate leadership that we will not stand for attacks on women's health," Planned Parenthood National Organizing Director Kelley Robinson said in a statement Monday.

"Planned Parenthood supporters will not rest, will not stop organizing, and will not stop speaking out against the worst bill for women's health until the Senate votes no on TrumpCare."

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Poll: Half prefer ObamaCare over GOP bill 

Twice as many Americans prefer ObamaCare over the GOP's healthcare bill, a new poll released Monday finds. 

The Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 50 percent prefer ObamaCare, while 24 percent prefer the GOP's plan. Thirteen percent like neither. 

Only 59 percent of Republicans support their party's proposal, the poll found, while 11 percent support ObamaCare. The other 30 percent say they have no preference. 

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NY attorney general threatens suit over ObamaCare repeal 

New York's attorney general is threatening to sue the federal government if President Trump signs a bill repealing parts of ObamaCare.

Eric Schneiderman (D) said his office has found "multiple constitutional defects" within the House and Senate repeal bills, including a provision that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and another that would shift Medicaid costs from counties to the state in New York.

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What we're reading 

Lost mothers - An estimated 700 to 900 women died from pregnancy related causes in 2016 (Propublica)

Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceOvernight Defense: Trump gets briefing at Pentagon on ISIS, Afghanistan | Senate panel approves five defense picks | Senators want Syria study in defense bill Rhode Island becomes ninth state to enact automatic voter registration After Trump scolding, Senate to try again on ObamaCare repeal and replace MORE's two misleading Medicaid claims (CNN

In clash over health bill, a growing fear of 'junk insurance' (New York Times)

 

State by state

In healthcare debate, Toomey makes familiar push for Medicaid overhaul (mcall.com)

In Massachusetts, proposed Medicaid cuts put kids' healthcare at risk (NPR)

Montana faces double quandary over Medicaid expansion (The Washington Post)