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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

GOP Senators Warn House’s Trumpcare Bill Won’t Pass Without Changes; 50-Plus Republicans Skeptical of Obamacare Replacement Plan

Washington, DC, March 15, 2017 — By Kristina Peterson, Michelle Hackman and Louise Radnofsky report in The Wall Street Journal that Republican senators, alarmed by a nonpartisan report showing millions would lose insurance under the GOP health-care plan, warned Tuesday that the bill wouldn’t become law without fundamental changes.

Concerns mounted on Capitol Hill after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the independent legislative analyst, released a report on Monday that estimated the GOP health plan would reduce deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of uninsured by 24 million in 2026, compared with current law.

On Tuesday, the White House sought to discredit the CBO’s report’s projections as unreliable, while Republican senators said they would push for an array of changes, including more assistance for older and low-income people to buy health insurance.

Regardless of the Trump Administration’s protestations, the CBO report has not been a big hit on Capitol Hill with Democrats or many Republicans.

According to The Wall Street Journal, at least a dozen Republican senators, including some who had previously kept a low profile in the health debate, made clear they had concerns over the bill’s policy proposals, complicating House leaders’ hopes that the bill’s momentum would overpower internal GOP infighting over legislative details.

Flashpoints included the potential loss of insurance coverage, changes to Medicaid, the trajectory of premium prices and the bill’s impact on costs paid by older, low-income and rural Americans.

Meanwhile, Amber Phillips reports in The Washington Post that, that for the Republicans to get their Trumpcare bill through the House and the Senate and then onto President Trump’s desk, GOP leaders need only a simple majority in both chambers to approve it.

The key numbers to pass the bill are 218 votes in the House and 50 in the Senate.

Republicans conceivably have enough lawmakers to get to those majorities.  However, not by much.  Assuming no Democrats support the bill, Republicans can lose only 21 votes in the House and just two in the Senate.

As of the evening of March 14, the number of Republicans in Congress who have expressed serious concerns about the bill as it stands — or outright said they would vote against it — is enough to kill the bill in both chambers:

  • 20 senators
  • 32 House lawmakers