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Senate GOP promises to unveil health overhaul Thursday; votes expected next week

McConnell was unveiling his plan even as GOP senators from across the party's political spectrum complained about the package and the secretive, behind-closed-doors meetings he used to draft a measure reshaping the country's medical system, which comprises one-sixth of the USA economy.

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that there's "more work to do" before the bill adequately cuts premiums.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) took to Facebook yesterday, complaining that despite serving as a member of the Senate's health care working group, he has not seen the bill yet.

Alaska moderate Lisa Murkowski said she didn't know how she'd vote, adding, "I have no idea what the deal is".

A seven-year push by U.S. Republicans to dismantle Obamacare and kill the taxes it imposed on the wealthy reached a critical phase on Thursday when Senate Republican leaders unveiled a draft bill they aim to put to a vote, possibly as early as next week. The measure would eliminate much of Obama's 2010 law and leave government with a diminished role in providing coverage and helping people afford it.

Almost three-quarters of Americans feel that Senate Republicans should discuss their plans openly with the public, according to a new CBS News poll released Tuesday.

No Democrats are expected to back the measure, though McConnell urged them to support the bill in his speech.

Can Democrats stop the bill? .

Vice President Mike Pence, a former congressman, has been more involved than Trump with the Senate debate, regularly chatting with lawmakers, including meetings on Tuesday. President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans campaigned previous year on a pledge to replace and repeal Obamacare, which they described as ineffective and government intrusion in a key sector of the economy. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week.

Udall and Heinrich warned of dire implications for New Mexico under the House bill, especially for Medicaid recipients. A vote could come as soon as the following Thursday. The bill was only popular with people who spent their frat days dreaming of cutting Medicaid, and some members of Congress even admitted that they only voted for it because they knew the Senate would make significant changes.

For context, in late May, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a report that projected 23 million people would lose health care under the AHCA over the course of the next decade.

Rauen said the secret drafting of the Senate bill is frustrating and he's anxious about losing coverage for a preexisting condition he has.

It would keep income-based tax credits and subsidies - which are now available under the ACA - unlike the House measure, which tied them to age.

With a slim margin for error and Republicans already backing away, Trumpcare may be on its deathbed before a single vote is cast in the U.S. Senate. That might satisfy Republican senators from states that expanded their programs, but conservatives have wanted to halt the extra expenditures quickly.

"The only way you can get on (with) a bill is called the motion to proceed..." With just a 52-48 Senate majority, Republicans can brook only two defections to pass a health care bill. Spicer offered no specifics but said Trump wants the Senate to "strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible".

Senate conservatives seemed wary of the emerging bill.



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