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so cute. she ends her speech by telling her stepson that i may not have given you the gift of life but life gave me the gift of you. very sweet. i'm julie banderas. here's shep. >> shepard: it's noon on the west coast. 3:00 at the white house where president trump is about to deliver a statement on healthcare. it comes after he ripped republicans and warned of repercussions if they don't pass a healthcare bill. you'll hear the president's push and we'll look at what it would take to get this done. plus, the president's son-in-law, jared kushner meeting with the senate intelligence committee staffers telling them he didn't collude with russia. >> i had no improper contacts. i have not relied on russian funds for my businesses. and i have been fully transparent in providing information. >> he explains the role with the
sit-down meeting with the russian lawyer. a lot of news today. let's get to it. >> first from the news deck this monday afternoon, president trump just minutes away from delivering a statement on healthcare. the president set to speak at the white house alongside people are calling victims of obamacare. the white house says president trump will urge republicans to vote to bring the senate healthcare bill to the floor for debate. gop support for the measure collapsed a week ago now and president trump has been lashing out at republicans for failing to push the bill forward. today he tweeted, republicans have the last chance to do repeal and replace. if the republicans don't repeal and replace, the repercussions will be greater than any of them understand. but the senate healthcare bill does not repeal obamacare.
it defunds the affordable care act, leaving its regulations and structure in place. kristin fisher live at the white house on the top story this hour. kristin. >> shep, what the white house wants is something, anything that president trump can sign so he can say that he was able to keep his campaign promise to get rid of obamacare. he's been pressuring senate republicans relentlessly on twitter. he did so again when he made the speech on the u.s.s. ford saturday down in norfolk. he told everyone listening to call their congressman, call their senators and put pressure on them. he will likely ramp up the pressure even more when he speaks inside the white house in just about 15 minutes. listen to what the white house budget director said. >> i wouldn't want to go home without followed through on my biggest promise.
what do you tell people, even if somebody else killed it, how do you defend your party as a republican by saying thanks for giving us the house, the senate but we didn't follow-through on the biggest promise. that weighs heavily on my senate friends and it should. >> later this afternoon, president trump is going to be heading to west virginia to speak at the boy scott jamboree. he will be joined by shelly roark from west virginia. she's one republican senator who remain as clear hold-out here. so shep, watch her very closely to see if she makes any shift tonight. >> there really are two different bills that they could consider, right? >> yeah. we still don't know which one senate republicans are going to vote on, whether it's a repeal-only bill or a repeal and replace bill. the number 3 republican in the senate couldn't even answer that question when he was asked about
it on "fox news sunday" yesterday. as for timing, the earliest they could vote would be tuesday. the words that mitch mcconnell used were sometime early this week, tuesday being the absolute earliest, shep. >> shepard: and president trump's son-in-law, jared kushner, senior adviser, speaking out after his interview with staffers today. defending his contacts with the russians during the campaign. >> let me be very clear. i did not collude with russia, nor do i know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. i had no improper contacts. i have not relied on russian funds for my businesses. and i have been fully transparent in providing all requested information. donald trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. suggesting otherwise ridicules
those that voted for him. >> shepard: jared kushner at the white house. he did not take any questions after reading the statement. the senate intelligence committee is conducting investigations in team trump collusion. as far as the investigations themselves, president trump tweeted "as the phony russian witch hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold. democrats and russians." he goes on "it's very sad that republicans, some they were carried over the line on my back do very little to protect their president." the president did not say on what issues he would like any sort of protection. let's get back to kristin fisher live at the white house. the president took a shot at his own attorney general again calling jeff sessions be leaguered. this is the second time. >> right. it interesting that he chooses
to use the word "be leaguered." remember, last week, it was president trump himself that told "the new york times" that he was very frustrated that sessions decided to recuse himself from the russia investigation and that perhaps he would have chosen somebody else to be his attorney general if he known he did that. now senator feinstein is asking to bring sessions in to testify. so president trump was asked should attorney general sessions resign? here's his response. >> should jeff sessions resign? [laughter] do you have a message on healthcare? [laughter]
>> that was quite the eye roll there. now, today of course jared kushner interviewed with the senate intelligence committee. tomorrow he will be talking to the house intelligence committee. but today president trump is already getting into a little bit of a twitter spat with the top democrat on that committee. congressman adam schiff, president trump said on twitter, sleazesy adam shove. a biassed congressman looking into russia. he spends all of his time on television pushing the dem's loss execution. and adam schiffer said with respect, mr. president, the problem is how often you watch tv. so pretty sharp barbs being traded ahead of day two for jared kushner on capitol hill tomorrow, shep. >> shepard: there's a bill working its way through
congress. it's about punishing the russians, putting more sanctions on the russians. the white house had been lobbying against this bill. but now it has a veto-proof majority. once that comes forward, looks like the president will sign it. >> right. a little bit of confusion here. the back story is that yesterday the new white house press secretary, sarah huckabee sanders, said that president trump would be willing to support this bill that would require him to get congressional approval before he could lift any sanctions on russia. so she said he would support it. almost the exact same time on another sunday show, the new communications director, anthony scaramucci said he wasn't sure what the president was going to do about that. a decision should be expected soon. that was really the one issue yesterday where we saw a bit of daylight between the new press secretary and the new communications director. this is really only his first full day as the incoming communications director. they had a staff meeting today.
so perhaps he'll get on the same page on that one. >> shepard: kristin fisher, north lawn. thanks. you can see in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, a picture, a live camera. that's where president trump will speak. we're expected that six minutes from now. we'll have that live for you without commercial intervention. we're told some families, a number of people that the white house are calling obamacare victims will speak. we'll have that live minutes away. more on jared kushner's closed door meeting with the staffers of the senate intelligence committee. he released a lengthy statement, like 11 pages. he was able to get his story ahead of whatever leaks may come out of the thing in which he claims that he has nothing to hide. catherine herridge is live on capitol hill. live to you. >> shep, jared kushner arrived on capitol hill with his lawyer this morning. he smiled and waved for reporters. he didn't take any of our
questions on the way into the building or out of the meeting. he met with staffers on the senate intelligence committee, staffers on the republican and democratic side for about 80 minutes before he left. as you mentioned, he issued this lengthy statement in advance calling it a statement for the record. in the statement. he tries to explain why there were omissions in his security clearance application, called an sf-86. what he said in the statement, basically there was a hiccup in his office and that it got sent in before the paperwork was complete. that statement reads in party, "it has been reported that my submissions omitted only contacts with russians. this is not the case. in the accidental early submission of the form, all foreign contacted were omitted. the supplemental information later disclosed over 100 contacts from more than 20 count country s."
all of them had been left off before. jared kushner said he would cooperate with congress. >> since the first questions were raised in march, i have been consistent saying i have been eager to share any information i have with the investigating bodies and i have done so today. the record and documents i have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign. >> kushner's bottom line is that the contacts that he had with those people who were associated with the russian government or representing the russian government were really inconsequential in his opinion, shep. >> shepard: what are democrats saying on this, catherine? >> just a short time ago, we spoke with a senior democrat on the senate intelligence committee who had the opposite view of those meetings. he told us that he felt the statement from kushner had been very carefully crafted and that he definitely will want to know
more. >> what was released publicly in my view was lawyerly. it was incomplete and i think it's extremely important that this witness testify in public. >> so just to give you context, jared kushner will be up here on the hill before the house intelligence committee tomorrow. a similar situation. it will be behind closed doors and adam schiff, the ranking democrat, said on the sunday programs that that session will probably be about two hours. that's what kushner's lawyer is giving them. he described it as the first interview. sessions indicating there will probably be more down the road, shep. >> shepard: thanks, kat. continuing coverage on the russian investigation. three minutes from the president's remarks on healthcare. a campaign promise that can't afford to lose more than one more vote in the u.s. senate. we'll hear about the pressure
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>> shepard: fully transparent. what is the white house's view? >> it's striking how he delivered his statement. this wasn't a messy gaggle at the capitol. he was in front of the west wing at the white house, behind a podium with the presidential seal on it. the full force of the white house behind him. whether kushner's statement is to be believed is up to the eye of the beholder. he is someone that has said that there's no attempts to collude. he didn't realize what that meeting at trump tower was about. >> shepard: hang on. there's an e-mail. >> there is. >> shepard: and at the top of the e-mail, there's a subject line. let's look at it. here it is. this is an e-mail from donald trump jr. sent on wednesday, june 8, at noon or so. the subject line, "russian-clinton, private and confidential meeting moved to tomorrow at 4:00 p.m." he said he didn't real deep into
the mail and we're to believe he didn't read the subject line. >> that's the version that he's saying. paul manafort has said the same thing. they're a busy people, this is a chaotic, unorthodox campaign. people were busy, coming in and out of meetings. they said can you come in this meeting. jared kushner said he left the meeting after ten minutes because he thought it was worthless and e-mailed his assistant to say hey, can you call my cell phone so i can get an excuse to get out of here. >> everybody is pointing at don jr. it seems like. >> you're hitting on something interesting. there may be a moment when the legal fortunes of don jr. and jared kushner may be in conflict. it will be interesting to see how they reconcile that. they each have separate attorneys. the president has his own legal team. so there's not necessarily going to be a coherent legal strategy. >> shepard: but don jr. is not a white house employee. he's not where jared kushner is.
>> correct. the consequences for jared kushner in many ways are starker. he's the one that has filed the forms, which he has had to update now several times. because some of these meetings with russians were inadvertently omitted the first time around. we know for instance the democrats have been consistently saying his security clearance should be strict. others saying he should have to forfeit his white house job altogether. >> shepard: the tick tok on the day, so far, early morning, before 6:00 a.m. eastern time, this 11-page statement came out from jared kushner. it was embargoed until 6:00 a.m. so nobody could mention it in your local 5:00 a.m. show or whatever it was to start the 6:00 a.m. hour. and then for today's show and the good morning america and all of those shows at 7:00. we go through up until the time of the meeting. he hasn't done it. his story is the story out there. this gives them the top of the
fold, the top of the website, alerts as people are waking up. he hasn't spoken, so there's no one to say it was like this. have we gotten any of the well, it was like this from the staffers in this meeting today? >> not much to this point. >> shepard: i haven't seen anything. >> no. behind closed doors. a small group. we know jared kushner has to -- will testify in front of the house tomorrow. so he's only about halfway through this ordeal. some suggestion senator manchin said afterwards that he hoped he would come back for an open hearing at some point. i think the final sentence of jared kushner's release, the 11-page document, he hopes this put the matter behind him. i think that is unlikely to say the least. >> shepard: that's not happening. what is your take on what is happening with jeff sessions? last week and then there was beleaguered. is he trying to force him out? is he trying to get him in line? what is he doing? >> we know the president talking to people very close to him has been seething at the attorney general for months now, since jeff sessions recused himself from the russia probe.
this was not a coordinated white house strategy last week when the president went into that meeting, the interview with "the new york times." this was something -- >> shepard: only hope hicks knew about it as far as we can tell. >> this bubbled up within him and he couldn't contain himself. he went after the attorney general. of course, that's not an isolated incident. we have him today calling him beleaguered. the next step maybe is embattled. the issue is, is this the president just venting or is him him trying to pressure jeff sessions to feel like this is untenable, i can't do my job, i need to resign, which allows the president to get rid of him without firing him. >> shepard: there was what looked like a trial balloon today. a suggestion that rudy guliani go in. rudy guliani said jeff sessions did the right thing but recusing himself. i don't know where we are. time will tell. >> shepard: former major guliani was a big supporter of the president. he wanted secretary of state. that didn't happen. maybe he's not doing this
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>> shepard: breaking news. some republican senators say they're not sure which healthcare bill they're voting on later this week. >> we don't know whether we will be voting on the house bill, the first version of the senate bill, the second version of the senate bill a new version of the senate bill. >> that's a real question, what are we voting on. i told them that i will vote to the bill, to begin the debate on repeal obamacare if they promise the first vote will be a repeal. >> shepard: that's not possible.
there's no clean repeal. this is to defund. president trump appearing in west virginia later today as we noticed in a release from the white house today. anyway, later she will appear with shelly capito in west virginia. she's one of three republican lawmakers that came out against the deal to repeal the affordable healthcare act. senator capito said she did not come to washington to hurt people. that's a quote. peter doocy did. there's word that senate republicans are concerned using the bill the house passed back in may. >> right. that's what they're talking about bringing to the floor, shep, to proceed. if it makes it to the floor and somebody wants to add an amendment to say make this so that it is a more clean repeal, then they can do that.
>> people can offer that as an amendment to what has passed the house. i have a number of things that improve on the house bill. president trump said it should be more generous. we have done that. >> leadership, which can only afford one republican no vote as long as senator mccain is home recovering is being warned not to promote too many bills similar to draft now. senator rand paul said he wouldn't vote for it. he won't proceed to go to the floor. he will vote yes if they vote on a repeal measure down the line. >> shepard: republicans on the fence are getting pressure from both sides. >> right, they are now, shep. in a new way. we heard that senator susan collins isn't just getting pressure from the vice president and the president's chief of staff, she's taken a meeting with a democratic senator trying
to fix obamacare, joe manchin. >> susan and i met today. i'm here working on that. we have to find a pathway forward. people can't in -- in west virginia, they're thinking, what am i going to do? are they going to throw it out? >> and senator ted cruz who slowed down the majority's effort to repeal and replace a few weeks ago is in with majority leader mitch mcconnell right now and our producer said that cruz said they should be voting on the motion to proceed tomorrow, shep. >> shepard: peter doocy live at the hart senate office building. that's why he said "hart." let's turn the a.b. stoddard or real clear politics. the president wants a win. specifically on policy on healthcare, what is he articulating? >> well, when many of these
severals failed the last time last week, shep, you heard the president say we just have to go straight to repeal. no more of this -- >> shepard: but a.b., they can't repeal. they can't repeal. >> then he changed his mind. >> he's gone back to replace. he will talk about some form of repeal and replace. it's the kind of thing that republican senators and congressmen he would do all along. to push the message publicly. he will be urging them privately as he's -- along with his public excitations to the senators to come up with the final count and move some form of replace. if they can't get enough votes tomorrow for something that replaces it, i think they might still try to hold some form of repeal vote that will fail. so that people can say that they tried to repeal it and repeal it only. there's a lot -- >> shepard: that's to give people to the people that plan to vote yes on this matter? >> people like rand paul that
just want to vote for repeal. so there's still -- there's so many mixed messages because we don't know what they will put on the floor. by some accounts, i heard it will pass. they'll bring mike lee back in the fold. they'll lose rand paul. they'll get every one back, maybe even be able to persuade collins, murkowski and capito. and i've heard other unhopeful forecasts saying that collins and murkowski will stick it out along with rand paul. not only do we not know what they're going to bring to the floor but the exit plan. we've heard a lot of different things. it's time for an open hearing, time to bring the stakeholders to the table. auld the interest groups that were brought through the process in 2009 and never brought into the process and then work with democrats to stabilize the marketplaces, that could take up to six months.
so do we see a commitment from the leadership and the president if this goes down tomorrow to continue this effort? we don't know. >> shepard: this is legislative hanky panky. you can't repeal a law without regular order. regular order, you have to have 60 votes to do that. they don't have anything anywhere near that. so what they're trying to do is work under a continuing resolution such that they can just get half plus one and that means you'd have to have right now in the senate because there's no john mccain, you have to have everybody but one plus the vice president. they don't have that. so if you go to regular order, that means you try to get 60 to repeal it. when they say repeal, they're flat on fibbing. there's no repeal. take the money away. defund it so it can't work and collapses and these people lose their healthcare. but there's no repeal. every time they say it, they're fibbing a little bit. like a christmas fib.
like a christmas fib. but it is a fib. so when they talk about going to regular order, what they're talking about is working with democrats. a.b., if you work with democrats to get something on which there may be moderate democrats and moderate republicans that come along, you lose the freedom caucus. they're gone, right? >> not only do you lose your conservatives, you lose more time. look at the time they put into this. six months in. they wanted it done by august or week one as you and i can remember. but they're looking at an incredible time consuming process. if you talk about susan collins and joe manchin getting together with other republicans and democrats in the middle have been talking about some kind of repair, you go back to an open hearing process, you're talking about months. that is something that the republicans do not want to do. they lost so much time to this and they believe that getting to tax reform and tax cuts is their number 1 mandate from the voters. they feel the clock ticking. >> shepard: a.b. stoddard,
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coast guard crews rescued five people off the coast of north carolina after a boat began to take on water. rescuers reported three people with life jackets. everybody is okay. the news continues with shep after this. >> shepard: actually, the news continues now. we're waiting for the president to speak at the white house. i had been telling you, they were running a few minutes behind. now the event has begun. the ones that are calling the obamacare victims are in the room. we have to allow viewers watching our fox stations across the nation to join us here. >> shepard: i'm shepard smith. president trump will call on republicans to support the healthcare bill. vice president pence is introducing him. let's listen in. >> to rebuild our military,
revive our economy and this president has worked tirelessly to repeal and replace obamacare. president trump knows that every day obamacare survives is another day that american families and american businesses struggle. as we traveled across the country, we've heard first hand from americans just like those that stand behind me today from family whose are bearing the cost of sky rocketing premiums and plummeting choices, from families that lost their considers, lost insurance and families starting to lose hope that congress will ever respond. as i told every one of them, people all across this country, thanks to the leadership of president trump, help is on the way. president trump hears you. he's fighting for you. he will keep fighting every day until we give the american people access to the world class healthcare that they deserve. tomorrow the united states
senate will have the opportunity to begin the debate on the bill to repeal and replace obamacare. as the president said this morning, after years of talking and campaigning on it, now is the time for republicans in the senate to act. republicans in the senate will have in his words a chance to do the right thing, to keep their promise to the american people and these families and families all across this country. this president and the american people are counting on the senate to act. so with gratitude for his leadership and his persistence and determination to make american healthcare great again, it's my high honor to introduce to you the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause]
>> thank you very, vice president pence, secretary price and thank you everyone for being here today. for the past 17 years, obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent, hard working americans. behind me today, we have real american families, great families. just spent a lot of time with them. they're suffering because several years ago a small group of politicians engineering a government take-over of healthcare. every pledge that washington democrats made to pass that bill turned out to be a lie.
it was a big fat ugly lie. democrats promised americans like steve finn, a former police officers in west virginia, that they would save $2,500 a year under obamacare. instead, his premiums have more than tripled. that's pretty bad. as a result of obamacare's sky rocketing costs, steve and his family and many of his employees had no other option than going on medicaid and giving up their existing coverage. no choice, right? no choice. for them, obamacare's promise was a nightmare. marjorie and kevin weir from south carolina have a son, monty, who suffers from spina bifida. washington democrats promised families like the weirs, if they liked their doctor they could
keep their doctor. now there's only one insurer left in the state exchange and marjorie says every year she waits anxiously to learn if the doctors and hospitals which her son needs the most will remain in their network. more obamacare lies. you've seen that up front unfortunately. up front and personal. the democrats promised melissa ackerson that her son's pre-existing conditions would be covered. the ackerson's quickly learned that obamacare's promise of covering for pre-existing conditions was meaningless. if the doctors you need to care for you aren't on your obamacare plan. so you just have a meaningless promise. everybody knows that -- and most people on obamacare know it. after an excruciating series of events and complications, melissa and her husband found
themselves just before christmas emotionally and financially devastated, crying in a doctor's office faced with yet another seemingly unpayable bill when insurance wouldn't cover their care, they emptied out melissa's 401(k) to pay their bills. they're not going to be and they haven't been the first. there's many, many cases such as that. the 401(k)s. the first rule of medicine is, do no harm. but obamacare's lies have caused this and throughout the whole country families like this nothing but pain. aaron and andy are small business owners from illinois. they have six children. their youngest daughter, poppy, has a rare genetic condition. children born with it are sometimes called butterfly children because their skin is as fragile as the wings of a
butterfly. poppy has to wear special bandages all of the time. unfortunately under obamacare, poppy's insurance has been repeatedly discontinued and replaced with what washington deems equivalent policies. for poppy, these plans are not equivalent and poppy's family has to spend precious time and tremendous resources fighting for poppy. the washington politicians that made those promises to steve, aaron and their beautiful children want to ignore all the pain, all the suffering and all of the money, the tremendous amounts of money that these lies have cost. they want to forget about the countless americans they have hurt and the many that they are continuing to hurt every day by refusing to help us replace obamacare. for the last seven years, republicans have been united in
standing up for obamacare's victims. remember repeal and replace, repeal and replace. they kept saying it over and over again. every republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law. we as a party must fulfill that solemn promise to repeal and replace, what they've been saying the last seven years. but so far senate republicans have not done their job in ending the obamacare nightmare. they now have a chance, however, to hopefully hopefully fix what haas been so badly broken for such a long time. that is through replacement of a horrible disaster known as obamacare. the senate is very close to the votes it needs to pass a replacement. the problem is we have zero help from the democrats.
they're obstructionists. that's all they are. making things not work. they say all the right things and then they do exactly what they're not supposed to be doing. the democrats aren't giving us one vote. so we need virtually every single vote from the republicans. not easy to do. the senate bill that is being considered outside of the outright repeal of obamacare will also provide emergency relief for the victims and deliver great healthcare and healthcare reforms that our citizens want, need and really should be demanding. some are demanding. you'll see that at the voter booth. believe me. here are just some of these terrific reforms that we will be doing if everything works out the way it should. the senate bill eliminates the painful individual mandate. it eliminates the job-killing employer mandate.
repeals other burdensome taxes and will significantly lower americans' premiums. it will stabilize collapsing health insurance markets and give americans more choice and far more flexibility. the senate bill protects coverage for pre-existing conditions and you don't hear this from the democrats. they like to tell you the opposite. they didn't even know the bill. they run out, they say death, death, death. obamacare is death. that's the one that is death. and besides that, it's failing. so you won't have it anyway. it dramatically expands popular health savings accounts, provides tax credits so americans can purchase a private plan that is right for them and their families. it devotes substantial resources to fight the opioid. this is a tremendous problem. the opioid epidemic, $45 billion is being put in so that the
people of many states like new hampshire, ohio and so many others that have a big problem can be helped and helped greatly. going to be fighting the drug problems very, very seriously in my administration. it provides among many other things higher quality care and more flexibility for states to administer medicaid to better serve their poorer citizens. tomorrow the senate will vote on whether to allow this urgently-needed bill to come to the senate floor for debate. the question for every senator, democrat or republican, is whether they will side with obamacare's architects, which have been so destructive to our country, or with its forgotten victims. any senator that votes against starting debate is telling america that you are fine with the obamacare nightmare, which is what it is. for democrats, this vote is a
chance to make up for the terrible harm they have inflicted on americans like those who are with us today. obamacare has been for them a nightmare. there is still time to do the right thing. for senate republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise. over and over again, they said repeal and replace. repeal and replace. but they cannot keep their promise to the american people to provide emergency relief to those desperate need of help and to improve healthcare for all americans. every member of the senate, i say this, the american people have waited long enough. there's been enough talk and no action. now is the time for action. we are here to solve problems for the people. obamacare haas broken our
healthcare system. it's broken. it's collapsing. it's gone. and now it is up to us to get great healthcare for the american people. we must repeal and replace obamacare now. thank you, god bless you, god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [applause] >> shepard: president trump wrapping up a statement on obamacare and the repeal and replace plans that are in place now in washington urging republican senators to go ahead and pass one of the bills out there now. we'll have analysis continuing now on fox news channel on satellite and cable. those of you watching on local fox stations, we'll return you to local programming. i'm shepard smith, fox news new york. >> shepard: now continuing on fox news channel. let's go to alice, reporter from politco. great to see you this afternoon.
which bill is he talking about? >> well, it's unclear and a lot of republican senators are unclear about exactly what they're going to be voting on because there's so many different bills floating around right now. none of which are guaranteed to have support. so that's the big question. a lot of republican senators who are really in the dark, being asked to walk the plank. now getting a lot of pressure from the president of the united states. >> exactly -- the people he's trying to bring over, paul ryan and others, what is his push to them as individuals? shelly moore capito, another. what is he saying to them? >> it's interesting. you're seeing an evolution in terms of the way the president approaches this that sort of has been happening the last 48, 72 hours. you're seeing this play out in the speech and a little bit on twitter. the president is saying, look,
you made a promise to the american people. he's talking to his own republican members here. you made a promise to the american people and now you need to follow-through on it. you're seeing a president that is comfortable putting pressure on his own republican members and probably to some extent that reflects the frustration that he feels about the lack of movement on his agenda now six months in. there's been very little legislative movement. >> shepard: before we go, is it your reporting now if they don't have the votes, if the republicans don't have the vote, they'll put it up for a vote anyway? >> well, they could put this up to a vote. perhaps if they get close, they could try again when or if john mccain returns to the senate and perhaps that would then put them over. if you start seeing people like dean heller and susan collins and a number of other people voting no, that could -- they could be very far away from passing, having to votes needed
>> shepard: the top democrat in the u.s. senate says his party is considering a new kind of healthcare plan. senator chuck schumer says they're looking at all options, and he called the gop plan "rotten to the core." right now no democrat supports the republican healthcare bill, either one of them. trace gallagher with the news. what type of plans are the democrats push something. >> shep, since the obamacare battle began in 2009, conservatives have been accusing democrats of trying to force a government takeover of healthcare.
after years denying it, democrats are talking about a government takeover of healthcare better known as single payer. for the first time ever, a majority of house democrats have come out in support of single payer legislation that would allow anyone to sign up for medicare. up to now, senate minority leader chuck schumer has been noncommittal. listen to what he told george st stepopanlous on abc. >> a buy in to medicare is on the team, a buy-in to medicare is on the table. >> the big phrase there, single payer. not all democrats are in favor of single payer. many are fighting to save obamacare or at the very least to shore up obamacare, a lot of reasons the republicans can't
get their plan passed. the gop plan is not polling well. the associated press says the gop bill has only 22% support with 51% opposing. second, the cbo says the gop plan would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 and that out of pocket expenses would balloon from $5,000 now to $13,000 in 2026. in fairness, we should note the cbo numbers for obamacare were way off the mark. that's mostly because the cbo acknowledges that human behavior is very difficult to predict. finally, shep, republicans are working with a very thin margin as we know. the gop majority in the senate is 52-48 with john mccain out, it's 51-48 meaning you can only loose one vote and right now you have several republicans that are on the fence. shep? >> trace gallagher live for us this afternoon. trace, thanks very much. the final bill is about to ring
>> for senate republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise. over and over again, they said repeal and replace, repeal and replace. but they can now keep their promise to the american people to provide emergency relief to those desperate need of help and to improve healthcare for all americans. >> neil: welcome. i'm neil cavuto. you're watching "your world." tell me if uzi -- you see a pattern here. the president tel