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Ron Johnson on GOP health care bill

The Senate's No. 2 Republican said the Senate is on pace to hold a key procedural vote Wednesday.

Yet like a Rubik's cube, tweaking the plan to suit moderates will redraw the debate for conservatives, who say the plan needs changes to win their support.

Sen. Susan M. Collins of ME is also on the fence, saying she is anxious that older Americans will have to pay more and that she won't be able to strip out a part of the bill that defunds Planned Parenthood over its abortion practice.

"If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes, I'll consider partial repeal", he said.

He told ABC's "This Week" the GOP has "at best, a 50-50 chance". "I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill", Johnson said.

Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey has told a town hall crowd in Lancaster the Republican health care proposal in the U.S. Senate would mean "destructive" cuts to Medicaid and "obscene" tax cuts for the rich.

"The bill will continue to change and this is going to be an ongoing negotiation until Tuesday or thereabouts where the leader will then have to file the bill on the Senate floor", Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote Week ahead: Senate races toward healthcare vote Cornyn: Passing Senate healthcare bill by July 4 "optimistic" MORE (R-Texas) said Thursday afternoon. And several lawmakers acknowledge that getting majority support will be tough.

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If the Senate approves its repeal version, either the House would have to pass the same bill or reconcile its version with the Senate's before Trump could sign it into law. Taking that into consideration, and assuming all Democrats vote against it, Republicans can only afford two defections. "They are more oriented towards lower income people", PA Senator Pat Toomey said.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, put the Republicans' odds at 50-50.

The 142-page plan would extend the life of President Obama's Medicaid expansion and offer more generous subsidies for the poor and those approaching retirement age than the House plan. He said Democrats "are doing everything we can to fight this bill because it's so devastating for the middle class".

Collins, a center-right Republican, allowed for the possibility that the Senate could work late during an open amendment process and said she would withhold a final decision on the bill until the Congressional Budget Office issues an assessment on its effects, which is expected in the coming days.

Much like its counterpart that passed the U.S. House last month, the bill would cut funding for Medicaid, slash taxes on the wealthy, loosen coverage requirements for insurers and remake federal tax credits for people to buy insurance on the individual marketplace.

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

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