Republicans in US Senate unveil health care bill to replace Obamacare

The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The party can only afford to have two defections to pass the measure.

If three Republicans defect, the party can not reach the majority vote it needs to pass the measure.

But they said they were "open to negotiation and obtaining more information". "I will oppose it coming to the floor in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations".

Senator Dean Heller - who faces re-election next year - said he had "serious concerns" about the bill's impact on his home state of Nevada.

McConnell wants the bill passed next week, still with no public hearings or opportunities for health care experts or advocates to have a say. Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have not yet come out in opposition to the bill, but are expected to push McConnell to remove current language that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood.

This marks the third NBC/WSJ poll in a row that has found President Obama's signature legislation more popular than unpopular.

Democratic lawmakers here in NY are blasting Senate Republicans after they unveiled their long awaited plan Thursday to dismantle much of former President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Maybe not this bill in its current iteration, but they're very much inclined to support a package that overhauls the current system in a far-right direction. The Senate bill would repeal the tax in 2018 - a year later than the House bill.

Pre-existing conditions: The Senate bill would require insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions and charge everyone the same regardless of health history.

"We have to act", Mr McConnell said on the Senate floor.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans.

It would make it more hard for recipients to qualify for those subsidies, however, by implementing more restrictions on income requirements. Even President Donald Trump has privately called the House's health-care legislation "mean". We eliminate the gap in coverage Obamacare created that hurt too many low-income families.

But it would impose deeper long-term cuts to the programme. However, the tax has been estimated to raise a significant amount of revenue that could help pay for other provisions in the bills. Such a prohibition is a major demand by conservatives, but special rules the Senate is using to ease passage of the legislation restrict the policy changes the measure can include.

Sure, there are a few key differences. In other words, death by billions of cuts.

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association issued a statement after Thursday's release of the Senate bill saying it has been calling on leaders in Washington for months to find a workable replacement.

Makes drastic cuts in Medicaid expansion used by 32 states for the poorest people. The budget office said the House bill would cause 23 million to lose coverage by 2026. CBO scoring of the House version of the bill, which is different than the Senate version, determined the measure would cut coverage for millions of people.

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