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A key Republican senator has 'serious concerns' about the Senate's healthcare bill

Dean Heller of Nevada also said he doesn't support the bill, but because of its cuts to Medicaid and his worries that it will not lower insurance premiums for people.

The President addressed reforms earlier in the week.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said it would be "very difficult" for President Trump and GOP leaders to get her support this week for the Senate's health care bill.

After a series of secretive meetings, Republican lawmakers in the Senate have finally revealed their plan to repeal and replace huge parts of the Affordable Care Act. Yet the measure will live or die in the Senate on Republican support.

"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues. "I hope that President Trump delivers on his promise to provide more Americans with better health care for less money".

Heller faces a hard re-election fight next year.

The Senate version mostly mirrors the House bill but would allow for the continuance of federal subsidies that under the Affordable Care Act are allocated to those who can not afford to pay their monthly health insurance premiums.

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AHIP isn't taking a formal position on the bill, and the group said measures to shore up the individual health insurance market are largely positive.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. "It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else". "We're open to negotiation, but we want the bill to look more like a repeal", said Sen.

The House approved its version of the bill last month. He said any repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act would have "insurance for everybody", telling the Washington Post, "there was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it".

He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions.

Trump held a victory celebration in the Rose Garden of the White House after the House vote, but since then has called the legislation "mean".

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the House version of bill would leave 23 million people uninsured. It keeps protection for people with pre-existing conditions, but states can opt-out of covering some basic services such as wellness visits.

In a visit to his home state Capitol Friday, Pennsylvania's senior US Senator Bob Casey called the bill "obscene".

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