>> It's clear we have an important opportunity to achieve positive things for our country.>> Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, trying again on healthcare. But his revamped bill already running into trouble on Capitol Hill. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. McConnell was hoping that his new version of the bill would win support from conservatives and moderates after his first version tanked.
But it's been coming under attack from members of his own party with at least two GOP senators saying they will not be able to support it. Perhaps the most controversial element, McConnell opting now to keep Obamacare taxes on the wealthy. That could give them more money to help low income people cover their health bills, something moderates wanted, but conservative lawmakers and business groups are livid having lobbied mightily to roll those taxes back.
>> When you're keeping half the taxes, most of the regulations. That's the most we would just doesn't look like repeal.>> McConnell adding something for conservatives as well. A proposal by Texas Senator Ted Cruz that would allow insurance companies to offer cheaper plans with barebones coverage and allowing them to charge more to people who are already sick.
McConnell largely keeping intact the original plans dramatic cuts to the Medicaid Program for the poor that would save the government hundreds of billions of dollars but it alienates key moderates like Susan Collins of Maine. They wanna replace President Obama Affordable Care Act, but they are worried that the McConnells' bill would leave millions of people without coverage.
People like Samantha McGovern of Springfield, Virginia, who says her 18 month old daughter, born premature, depends on Medicaid to cover medical costs that reach $26,000 per month.>> Healthcare is not perfect, the ECA isn't perfect. But just burning it to the ground is not the solution.>> The bill also facing stiff opposition from much of the medical industry.
President Donald Trump demanding that some sort of health bill get passed telling the Christian Broadcasting Network that he'll be very angry if he doesn't get a bill to sign. McConnell can't lose more than 2 of his 52 Republicans if he's going to get this bill through the senate.
But already Collins and Rand Paul of Kentucky say they won't vote for it. That leaves him no room for error. Even targeted inducements may not be enough. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, for example, pushed for more money for the opioid crisis. She got it, but she says she still doesn't like the bill.
More changes are likely ahead, republican leaders projecting confidence that they'll succeed when they bring this up for a vote next week, but they have a steep climb ahead.