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GOP senator: 'No way' health care bill should move forward

McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two GOP senators and still pass the bill - and that would necessitate a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence. They say the GOP plan would mean fewer people with coverage and higher costs for many. And the president called Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren "somebody that's just got a lot of hatred". Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., didn't mince words when she ripped into the bill on the Senate floor earlier Thursday. Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill.

That's not sitting well with GOP Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Well, it's hard to say that you like the uniforms of the team that's got the guns pointed at you, trying to kill you.

The four holdouts in a joint statement said that the draft represented an improvement in the current system, "But it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".

He told ABC's "This Week" the GOP has "at best, a 50-50 chance".

Like the House legislation, the Senate bill would impose major changes to Medicaid and curtail its growth over time and also would repeal the individual mandate.

As one of five Republican senators that announced opposition to the bill in its current form, Paul said he would consider voting for partial repeal of Obamacare, if there's a stalemate, but argued the Senate bill "isn't anywhere close to repeal".

I once again ask that the leadership of Congress from both parties come together to forge true bipartisan supported healthcare legislation for the good of our entire country.

Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens. Defections from just three of the Senate's 52 Republicans would doom the legislation.

Johnson then goes on to say the real problem with Obamacare is that it forces insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions and he trots out the party line that the AHCA cuts to Medicaid aren't actually cuts, so you know, don't go falling in love with the guy.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the House bill would kick 23 million people off their healthcare plans.

"When President Trump called the House health care bill mean, I couldn't agree more", Cantwell said.

The strategy follows Trump's seat-of-the-pants approach on health care in the House that nearly unraveled and exposed painful rifts among Republicans.

Fox News aired a pre-recorded interview with President Trump on "Fox and Friends" Sunday morning which covered a number of topics, including the recently released Senate health care bill.

Senate leaders plan to vote Thursday on a measure that would end the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine if they do not, phase out federal subsidies to help lower-income people buy insurance, curb taxes on the wealthy and cut hundreds of billions of dollars in funding over the next several years for the government's healthcare program for the poor and disabled.

In a Twitter comment Saturday, Trump voiced optimism about passage of the Republican plan, saying, "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"



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