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Group protests senate health care bill, Toomey defends legislation

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, former President Obama called for Democrats and Republicans to work together to save health care for 23 million people while smacking down Republicans who are trying to take away health care to cut taxes for the rich.

"America can not be strong if she is not healthy".

Kentucky's Rand Paul, one of the four, said, "We can not support the current bill".

However, with a 52-48 majority, the Republicans are not certain to be able to pass the bill, especially since some appear to be less than impressed with the legislation. Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. Senate leadership is aiming for a vote on the measure by the end of next week. He said that the debate is "about the character of our country - who we are, and who we aspire to be".

"It should scare every American that the Senate plans to vote on this bill without understanding the true ramifications".

"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues.

"Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums. with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions".

The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy insurance and let states get waivers to ignore some coverage standards that "Obamacare" requires of insurers. The GOP can afford to lose no more than three Republican votes, or else the bill would face certain defeat.

In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Those essential services include maternity and newborn care, and this change may affect women who have employer-provided insurance, as well as those who are using Medicaid or Obamacare. They also want to start to change the way the federal government calculates payments to the states starting in 2025, which will reduce the federal government's contribution to the states. "We'll have to see".

"I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic", he wrote in a statement.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. Healthcare is a top priority for voters and many Republicans fear a legislative misstep could hurt them.

The House approved its version of the bill last month. But even with control of both chambers of Congress and the White House since January, the party has struggled to make good on its bold campaign promises to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its forecast on the Senate draft next week. I can not support a bill that's going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance and I can not support a bill that is going to make such deep cuts in Medicaid that's going to ship billions of dollars of costs to our state governments, to those who have insurance and to health care providers, such as rural hospitals, which would be faced with a great deal of uncompensated care.



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