GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

"There are lots of frustrated senators saying they didn't like the process of writing this bill, [but] none of them saying they would use their power to do anything about it", says Zwillich.

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat.

What is unmistakable is the Senate bill's thorough gutting of Medicaid as an entitlement, a long-held Republican goal.

There are cosmetic improvements in the Senate bill, but don't take them at face value. Dean Heller (R), a key swing vote on the bill, who announced that he could not support it as written.

"It's simply not the answer", the Nevada Republican said at a news conference alongside Gov. Brian Sandoval in Las Vegas.

We ought to flood their Washington DC offices with calls and emails to demand that they vote no on this Senate bill.

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

Heller echoed his colleagues' sentiments on Friday.

McConnell stitched it together behind closed doors, potentially moving President Donald Trump and the GOP toward achieving perhaps their fondest goal - repealing former President Obama's 2010 statute, his proudest domestic legacy.

Both Sandoval and Heller agreed that the Affordable Care Act is not flawless and needs work. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Thune said this reaction from fellow Republicans makes him feel like they're "in the right place". But it has provided health coverage to more than 1.7 million Floridians and helped thousands more get Medicaid coverage they already were eligible to receive.

"We all have to acknowledge that we should have seen more of this before". President Trump said, "Little negotiation, but it's going to be good". They said the proposal doesn't meet the GOP promise to Americans "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs", the Associated Press reported.

Obama has largely kept out of the political fray since his departure from the White House - weighing in on just a handful of Donald Trump's actions through written statements, such as his successor's travel ban on refugees and several Muslim-majority countries, and the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

It's been more than seven years since Republicans predicted that Obamacare would lead to higher costs and fewer health care options.

He called it "a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families" to the very rich that would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections and "ruin Medicaid as we know it". There is uncertainty over whether abortion-related provisions will meet Senate rules, but those provisions could be included in another Senate bill.

McConnell said in an interview with Reuters last month that he told Trump early on in the process that he did not need his help but that there may be a role for him later.

Back in NY, much of the debate over the House bill has focused on the contentious Collins-Faso Amendment. The Medicaid program, which traditionally encompassed poor children and their parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly, is administered jointly by the state and federal governments.

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