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GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins said.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill", Trump tweeted, seeking to give the effort a boost.

Heller is the most vulnerable Republican senator up for re-election in 2018, and he represents a state that accepted the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, more commonly known as Obamacare.

"We're anxious about the burden it creates for the states", Kristine Grow, spokeswoman at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said on Friday. Then, insurance companies could charge sick people more than healthy people, so healthy people's premiums would stay low and they wouldn't have the same incentive to leave the marketplace.

"Even though [under the Senate version] states can't use waivers to charge people with pre-existing conditions higher rates, they will still be allowed to make changes which could have the same effect", says Sara Collins, vice president of health care coverage and access at the Commonwealth Fund, a private non-partisan health care advocacy group.

Senate Republicans on Thursday morning released a draft of their secretive Obamacare replacement bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017".

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., one of the five senators opposing the bill, said he also wants to review the CBO score.

Just hours after McConnell released the 142-page legislation on Thursday, four conservatives said they opposed it. McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation. Under questioning by Stephanopoulos, Collins did not say whether the Planned Parenthood funding would make or break her decision on the health care bill. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month.

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs.

About 20 percent of all Americans and 40 percent of America's kids get their health care through the federal government's Medicaid program.

"We've got to keep doing it at an accelerated pace", Charles Koch said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the bill at a closed-door session with party faithful.

President Donald Trump continued to push for replacing Obama's health care law, tweeting Saturday: "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"

Adding it is particularly interesting that neither Senator Cotton, nor Senator Boozman, have publicly backed or opposed the bill, considering the vast impact it will have on Arkansans.

I know that health coverage is my lifeline, as well as the lifeline for other low-income men, women, children and seniors who rely on Montana's Medicaid program for cancer screenings and treatments.

The Trump White House, however, shot back Friday that Republicans are acting because the Affordable Care Act has driven up costs and driven out insurers from markets across the country.

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

"She has been living in a group home for 21 years, all their funding comes from Medicaid", Stuart said. If it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote.

Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Bob Casey (D) will help determine the draft bill's fate in the GOP-ruled Senate. Fortunately, buried in the House bill was a way out of the morass.

We're going to have to see what the Congressional Budget Office says about what this would do the insurance system and what it would do the federal deficit.

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