Senate GOP leaders unveil bill to repeal Affordable Care Act

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is among four Republican senators who say they're not ready to vote for the Affordable Care Act replacement bill being pushed by GOP leaders, putting the plan in jeopardy.

"We'll see what kind of olive branch or reaction we get to our comments, and if they're open to negotiation", Paul said. The Better Care Reconciliation Act would repeal ACA taxes on corporations and individuals who pay for insurance subsidies.

Trump welcomed the bill but indicated that changes may be in store.

The Senate bill calls for phasing out the enhanced federal support for the expansion by 2024. "It's going to be a really tough one to make, and I don't envy whoever those people are", said Hanel.

"In ideological terms, they're thinking about it in terms of their campaign promises", she says. He said on Wednesday he wanted a health plan "with heart". Yet it still would force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage.

Again, if the Senate proposal is more generous than the House's version, it will be harder to meet the bill's required budget targets.

The bill written behind closed doors became public today with the Republicans pressing for a vote next week.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook. "If there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm", he wrote.

"This current bill does not repeal Obamacare".

Obamacare was a bad bill passed under a bad process and has made for bad law. Schumer says, taken as a whole, the changes mean any benefits are in name only. They are doing this even though this bill affects one-sixth of our economy. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release an analysis of the bill early next week.

Likewise, centrists withheld their support unless they can push the bill the other way, as they mull the fallout from leaving millions more Americans uninsured. That is because the Senate bill would cap federal spending on Medicaid on a per-person basis.

Photo/Jacquelyn MartinSeveral dozen disabled people were forcibly removed and arrested by police during a protest over the a Senate health care bill outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office on Thursday. Democrats countered that the bill is a giveaway to the rich at the expense of middle- and low-income families who will lose health insurance. States would also have to retain Obama's requirement that family insurance cover children up to age 26.

A week can be a political lifetime in Washington, D.C., and few senators are willing to compromise so soon on an issue that has loomed so large over the party. "People will die", Warren said.

Part of the Obama law was an offer to the states: If they would expand Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for low-income people, to a group of slightly higher-income adults, the federal government would pick up the entire tab in the initial years. Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman had sought $45 billion over 10 years.

"We're getting there", Scott said.

Four conservative Republican senators quickly announced initial opposition to the bill and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. But several said they would check with home-state constituents before taking a position. "I don't think he wanted to play a major role or to get intimately involved".

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