GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference with Democratic senators on Capitol Hill

Yet the measure will live or die in the Senate on Republican support. The score for the House bill projected that 23 million people would lose their insurance, whilst cutting the federal deficit by $119bn over a decade. Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill.

McConnell may be pushing for speedy passage because that disunity is only getting worse.

The Senate bill includes big cuts to Medicaid over a period of time, eliminates taxes on the wealthy and insurers, and does not let insurers deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

He said middle-class families with loved ones in nursing homes would see higher bills costing $2,000 or $3,000 more a month.

"We are doing everything we can to fight this bill, because it's so devastating for the middle class", Schumer told ABC.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Obama said there is a "fundamental meanness at the core" of both the Senate's and House's health care legislation.

Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

"Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we don't act, millions more Americans will be hurt by Obamacare's deepening death spiral". He said Friday he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

Johnson, one of five GOP senators who has announced opposition to the bill as written, said there's not "enough time" to review and improve it before a planned vote Thursday - just one week after the secretly drafted bill was made public. Trump said on Saturday on his personal Twitter account.

"The plan in its entirety will absolutely bring premiums down", Price said.

For the House of Representatives' version of healthcare, Trump held regular meetings with representatives at the White House.

Under the plan, states could drop benefits that were required under Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, such as maternity care, emergency room services and mental health treatment. "We see very sizeable and disturbing cuts to the Medicaid program".

The draft bill comes nearly two months after the House passed its own measure.

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