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GOP Senator Says It's 'Hard' To Imagine Obamacare Repeal Passing This Week

26 June 2017, 02:49 | Marion Schneider

Heller's comments came the day after four conservative senators issued a joint statement saying they can not support the bill unless it is changed.

Hours after McConnell unveiled the bill Thursday, four other GOP senators said they also opposed the measure and several others expressed qualms about it.

Trump said the Democrats' theme is "resist" - which he interpreted as "obstruction" - and that "if it was the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote" from them.

"We've a very good plan", Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

The Senate's 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led by McConnell, aims to deliver on a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump to undo former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010.

Johnson, one of five GOP senators who has announced opposition to the bill as written, said there's not "enough time" to review and improve it before a planned vote Thursday - just one week after the secretly drafted bill was made public. "Look forward to making it really special!"

The Senate plan repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, slashes federal support of Medicaid and eliminates taxes on the wealthy and insurers that now help pay for care for the poor.

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The bill proposes phasing out federal funding to states that had been used to expand the program under the Obama administration. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-Brooklyn) will continue to fight the legislation which he has called "heartless".


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In an appearance on the ABC News program "This Week", Collins said she has serious concerns about the cuts the bill would make to Medicaid and how that would affect the most vulnerable older Americans. McConnell and other leaders, meanwhile, are trying to rally support for a vote on the bill this week, but may be short of the support necessary to pass it. "That's not going to happen with us".

"In this form I will not support it", he said.

Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators. "I have a hard time believing my Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to evaluate this for even a motion to proceed. let's not rush this".

Trump used the term "mean" during a meeting with senators earlier this month, according to reports, telling them that the Senate version should be "more generous".

In a visit to his home state Capitol Friday, Pennsylvania's senior US Senator Bob Casey called the bill "obscene".

He said his clinic mostly serves Medicaid families and kids. Rob Portman and Shelley Moore are concerned cuts to Medicaid would hurt the fight against opioid addiction by limiting low-income people's access to addiction treatment.



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