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>> This process will not be quick, or simple, or easy.>> As the Senate gets down to business on healthcare, Republicans seeing fresh warning signs at the ballot box in 2018. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where the Senate's now beginning what's likely to be months of work. The House of Representatives passing their own version last week, now it's the Senate's turn to take it up or perhaps take it apart.
Several senators already saying they'd like to start from scratch, especially as the political risks of dismantling Obamacare come sharply into focus.>> Job well done.>> Prominent analysts now say Republicans stand the greatest chance in years of outright losing control of the House. As voters worry that the House health bill could cause them to lose coverage or pay thousands of dollars more for their care.
The non-partisan Cook Political Report out with new data showing about 20 Republicans in the House suddenly facing tougher re-election prospects after last week's healthcare vote. Against that backdrop, Republican senators taking cautious early steps, but already drawing unwelcome headlines by creating a 13 member working group that excludes the 5 Republican women in the Senate.
Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana among senators working on their own ideas. Cassidy, a guest last night on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, the host giving an update on his newborn son's condition, after his emotional plea for people with pre-existing conditions went viral.>> And I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have healthcare, it was insensitive.
Some Senators already looking to add back federal protections for people with existing health problems, and reverse deep cuts for the Medicaid program for the poor. But that may not help their colleagues in the House, who are now on record supporting a plan that would save the government billions of dollars.
Something votes like, but also taking away coverage from millions of Americans.>>
>> The election is still 18 months away, and Republicans still maintain the advantage, but their grip on power now looking less and less like a sure thing.>> Consensus driven effort.