Trump says he's still optimistic on health overhaul

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NY lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, say they are looking for bipartisan solutions now that the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has collapsed, but they are divided over how best to solve the problem.

"We don't have the votes", Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said moments after the caucus meeting.

Due to their narrow majority and unified Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose just two GOP votes and still push the legislation through the Senate.

On Monday, Maine Senator Susan Collins announced she would not support Graham-Cassidy, joining Republican Senators John McCain and Rand Paul.

Collins announced her decision shortly after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said "millions" of Americans would lose coverage under the bill and projected it would impose $1 trillion in Medicaid cuts through 2026.

"I doubt it", Hatch told reporters bluntly when he was asked if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would put the bill on the floor for a vote.

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Rep. Thomas Massie, though, said Democrats packed multiple issues into the budget they used to help pass the Affordable Care Act originally, and said it could be done for repeal.

We can all say with confidence that our plan not only replaces Obamacare - it will end the march led by our Democratic friends towards single-payer health care.

Members of Congress searched for a way forward on health care legislation Tuesday, but as they did, the wreckage of the latest Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act continued to threaten to block the way for bipartisan progress. Right now, we need 60 votes and we have 52 Republicans. "We've got some time this year to deal with it and I think we have to". The arrests occurred about an hour after Republican leaders in the Senate said the bill was officially being pulled from consideration.

Republicans' ability to use fiscal 2017 budget reconciliation, which allows for certain bills to pass with a simple majority, will expire on Saturday. "We haven't given up on that", McConnell said Tuesday afternoon. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of SC. Under budget reconciliation rules that expire September 30, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 votes for passage. "Where we go from here is tax reform".

Trump didn't name any of the four GOP senators who've said they're against the doomed measure.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer later said the reason the latest plan failed was because "millions of Americans didn't want it". Representative Richard Neal (D-MA) said the president made it clear "he was going to work with Democrats on a plan" if his healthcare interests weren't met, according to CNN. "Both are largely identified with ending Obama's signature health care law, including the individual mandate which punishes those who do not buy insurance, the employer mandate which discourages small businesses from expanding and providing states additional freedom against the federalization of health insurance".

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