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Rand Paul, who has rejected the plan along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, said fundamental problems remained that would leave taxpayers subsidising health insurance companies.

US Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a revamped health care bill aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump's pledge to repeal significant parts of Obamacare, as Democrats rallied block the controversial measure.

It would also repeal most of the tax increases imposed by the Affordable Care Act to help pay for expanded coverage, in effect handing a broad tax cut to the affluent in a measure that would also slice billions of dollars from Medicaid, a program that serves 1 in 5 Americans, not only the poor but also nearly two-thirds of people in nursing homes.

MARTIN: The House passed a health care bill last month without a single vote from a Democrat.

Those subsidies would be based on income, rather than the age-based subsidies contained in the House Bill - a "major improvement", according to Republican Senator Susan Collins, a key moderate who has expressed concern over the Bill's impact on the poor. For example, he said, both bills would phase out the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, but the Senate bill would do it more slowly. He tapped out a tweet in which he declared himself "supportive" but looking "forward to making it very special".

After throwing a celebratory garden party outside the Oval Office with all those white guys in suits who passed an Obamacare repeal plan that would take away the healthcare of 24 million Americans, President Trump seems to have had a change of heart.

The gradual cuts to Medicaid - beginning in 2019 - is expected to affect the health care coverage for 74 million Americans adversely.

Capitol Hill Police forcibly removed the protesters from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as the Republicans were releasing their latest healthcare plan.

"Because there are differences between the Senate and House bills, the House will either have to accept the Senate version or a conference committee will have to be formed in order to resolve the disagreements", explained Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and director of the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern.

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Obama weighed in on Facebook. Now that you have had a chance to read the bill is it a good starting point for negotiations? Unfortunately, this is a really partisan bill that doesn't help us get towards the goal of improving the health care system we have.

If you're on Medicaid, the Senate bill could impact you in several ways. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, 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.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., was one of 13 Republican senators charged with helping to prepare the draft of the bill, which is dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Twenty-one percent favored limits on Medicaid coverage for long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities. They'd like to get certain changes.

Obamacare required employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance coverage to their employees. Governors in states that expanded Medicaid are wary of a bill reveale. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., didn't mince words when she ripped into the bill on the Senate floor earlier Thursday. The measure also repeals the mandate on individuals to purchase health insurance.

"I think we're going to get there", Trump added.

Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts. The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP, representing older people, all criticized the measure. Moran said he would take his time to examine the legislation.

Democrats say they offered to help fix Obamacare but were rebuffed.

The National Council for Behavioral Health believes cuts to Medicaid will result in increased costs for police departments, jails and hospital emergency rooms. Congressional Republicans want to restrict that spigot by tying future funding to measures of inflation - measures the medical profession says do not reflect the realities of healthcare costs.

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