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Trump confirms he called health care bill 'mean'

"For years, Republicans railed against the Affordable Care Act and claimed that they would repeal and replace it with something better", Menendez said on Friday.

Kasich said he opposes the Senate bill and called on Republicans to change it. Revealed on Thursday, the bill remains deeply unpopular, and with the vote looming on the horizon, prominent Democrats and progressives are speaking out - including the party's 2016 presidential nominee. Apparently the Senate Republicans didn't get the memo.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened. "I don't want that life no more", Sanchez said.

States with a large population receiving Medicare, health insurance for seniors, or Medicaid, government-subsidised insurance for low-income or disabled people, may be negatively affected by the bill in its current draft. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), issued a joint statement in opposition to the measure, conceding that while there are some improvements in the bill it does not go far enough to provide comprehensive reform.

Johnson is one of four conservative Republican senators - along with Sens. As five conservatives are now against the bill.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader", Collins said.

More news: President Trump: Congress not 'that far off' from passing health care overhaul

"This bill that's now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer", Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas. In addition to her concerns about Medicaid, Collins has critiqued the bill for blocking funding to Planned Parenthood. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions.

According to a poll from the Kaiser Famidly Foundation, 55 percent of Americans say the Senate's bill is unfavorable, compared with 30 percent who say it is favorable.

The House approved its version of the bill last month. Reducing taxes, Republicans argue, will boost the economy, and shrinking spending on programs such as Medicaid will slow the growth of the federal debt.

The bill, which was written behind closed doors, is facing its fair share of criticism from Democrats who say that it negatively mimics the House's plan. Sen. The budget office analysis of the Senate measure is expected early next week. "After the 2020 drawback of Medicaid expansion, what this bill does in the out years, is it establishes a Medicare reimbursement rate for the states that's pegged to inflation". Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.

"I frankly would like more days to consider this - that will probably be a discussion coming back".



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