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Republicans Scramble to Shore Up Support for Healthcare Bill

Since Sen. Mitch McConnell has indicated he wants to vote on this bill prior to the July 4 recess, there obviously will be little time, at best, for public comment.

Some of the steepest cuts would be to the commonwealth's Medicaid expansion, which covers 716,000 lower-income people statewide.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen.

Robert Greenstein, president of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told reporters the Senate plan is "harsher and does even more damage than the House bill".

His presentation on Thursday of the Senate's health care measure to Republican colleagues - after the White House and key lobbyists got a peek the night before - was met with something other than unbridled enthusiasm. His decision to expand Medicaid has provided health coverage to more than 210,000 Nevada residents. The legislation would phase out federal funding for Medicaid expansion - now covering about 11 million people in 31 states - beginning in 2020, and shift more of those costs back to states. He is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed it but are open to negotiations, which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy.

The claim that the bill would lower consumers' insurance premiums was "a lie", he said.

Despite its precarious future, the Affordable Care Act helped further the truth that health care is a human right.

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"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues. The bill would also cut taxes for high-income Americans.

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition.

The Nevada senator joins four other Republicans in expressing opposition to the draft bill as it is now written.

"There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care 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", reads the statement.

"It's going to be a good bill", Trump said in a separate Fox News interview to air on Sunday. "We'll have to see".

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a doctor and one of roughly 13 Republican senators who crafted the bill in closed-door sessions, strongly disagreed with Durbin's assessment. Susan Collins of ME reiterated opposition to language blocking money for Planned Parenthood. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. While McConnell's bill curtails the program at a slower rate than the House version, it ultimately cuts deeper, which has prompted senators whose states expanded Medicaid to raise red flags.

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