GOP senator: 'No way' health care bill should move forward

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor.

Collins appeared on the show, hosted by George Stephanopoulos, after Sen.

President Donald Trump seemed to confirm reports that he called the House of Representatives' healthcare bill "mean" during a "Fox & Friends" interview that aired Sunday morning.

As early as Thursday, the Senate will take a momentous vote to repeal the health law, and for Republicans from states that expanded their Medicaid program, the options are anything but palatable.

Trump says the Democrats' "theme is resist" and that "if it was the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote" from them. It was released after being developed for weeks in secrecy.

Johnson is one of four conservative Republican senators - along with Sens. On Friday, Heller also came out and said he will vote "no" on the bill as it now stands.

"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. Walker said he's spoken with McConnell and other Senate leaders and called on them to change the bill before holding a vote. Rob Portman of OH said it doesn't provide enough funds for the opioid epidemic.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said. One of the things, of course, they say is that by making it less expensive for young people - would also make it more expensive for older people - more young people might go ahead and purchase insurance.

CBO analysis of the bill predicts that 23 million Americans would lose their health insurance, while the top 1 percent of Americans would enjoy $306 billion in tax cuts over 10 years.

A handful of Republicans senators have already come out against the bill in its current form, and with so little time to make amendments and so many voices in opposition, the BCRA might not make it to Trump's desk.

Paul has joined Republican Sens. Ben Sasse (R-NE), whose vote Republican leaders absolutely need if they hope to pass a health care bill in the Senate this week, told a gathering of conservative donors on Sunday that the bill does not really repeal Obamacare - but instead mostly concerns a government program that provides health coverage to the poor. "I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus". "It's slowing the rate of growth in the future and getting Medicaid back to where it was", Conway said".

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. And while Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have expressed concerns about language in the bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood, that demand, too, could potentially be addressed in order to earn their votes.

"Threading that needle is going to be very, extremely hard", she said.

Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid.



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