>> The American people need better care.>> Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, on Thursday, scrambling to save his floundering health care bill before senators scatter for the July Fourth holiday. Reuters health care reporter, Yasmeen Abutaleb, has the latest.>> What we know so far is that McConnell seems close to striking a deal to allocate about $45 billion for the opioid epidemic, which will appease some moderate senators who have been worried about that.
And letting people use health savings accounts to pay for their premiums, which is a big conservative idea. They seem to be nearing deals on these aspects. The question is whether that's gonna be enough to win those votes.>> The opioid money aimed at moderate holdouts like Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
Their states hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and they worry that deep cuts to Medicaid in the Senate bill would only make it worse. On Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office said, under the Senate bill, Medicaid spending on the poor would drop 35% over the next two decades. A figure sure to harden opposition.
As McConnell looks for a compromise, making his job even harder Thursday, President Trump's latest inflammatory tweets attacking MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski.>> Several Republican senators had to come out and say this is beneath the dignity of the office of the presidency. That's gonna complicate this effort even more, because Trump needs to help whip up some of these holdout votes.
And now that he's created another distraction that senators have to respond to, It's unclear if he's gonna have much clout in trying to win over these last-minute votes.>> McConnell saying, Thursday, he's made good progress on revamping the health bill. But Senator John McCain, one of the undecideds, less optimistic, telling reporters a deal was possible, quote, If pigs fly.