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AARP Rips GOP Healthcare Bill

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than ideal and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost".

McConnell drafted the measure after spending weeks seeking middle ground between conservatives seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.

Sen. Ted Cruz, who along with Sens.

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs.

He is aiming for a vote before members leave town ahead of the July 4 recess, giving Senate Republicans have just a handful of days to study a 142-page bill.

Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking. And while I know that division makes it hard to listen. "I think that's what he's doing he's gone through a very exhaustive process of the input, and he's come up with a blue print that can still be amended and probably will be in reconciliation", said North Carolina Republican Sen.

For the next two years, it would also provide money that insurers use to help lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of lower income people. She was asked about the bill's impact on lower-income Iowans now covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure.

But in both cases, McConnell has leverage. It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval.

Heller, a Republican who is up for re-election in 2018, is the Democrats' top target in the upcoming cycle.

Also aiding McConnell is the fact that Republicans have campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for more than seven years. They say the GOP plan would mean fewer people with coverage and higher costs for many.

Not to mention senators may have to face the ire of President Donald Trump if they vote against the bill.

The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance.

The Republican healthcare bill was built behind closed doors, but now it's out in plain sight.

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget. Orrin Hatch told CNN.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House bill would cause 23 million people to lose coverage by 2026.

The House approved its version of the bill last month.



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