Five GOP senators now oppose health bill

So basically people would get help, but they would still have to pay even more of their medical bills.

"Our argument is that if you have the right model, scaled across the country, you would achieve so much savings that coverage would become a much easier matter", Crane said.

Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said: "After reviewing the initial working draft, I believe it includes many substantial fixes to our broken health care system..." However, the four senators do appear open to negotiations and amendments that could turn their "no" to a "yes". By some measures, Medicaid covers more Americans than any other safety net program, larger than even Social Security or Medicare by total enrollment.

Senate GOP bill: Eliminates most Obamacare taxes, such as the 3.8 percent tax on investment income.

McConnell, R-Ky., released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far.

How delightful it would be if the millions of reasonable Americans between the two extremes got their heads together and came up with a workable plan that took more onus off the government and put more responsibility on the person whose health care is in question. Or they will reduce the amount of money that is available to pay the providers.

"There will be kids and families that will suffer, and the health care in our communities will suffer", said Valley Health CEO Steve L. Shattls. I'm guessing there must be some enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in this bill that Republicans don't want the public to have time to ponder over.

The American Childhood Cancer Organization, a charitable group formed by parents, is mobilizing a small army of grass-roots lobbyists with the message that the Senate Republican bill, with its deep cuts in Medicaid, "will threaten the lives of children battling cancer".

And under this proposal, what they're saying is, we're no longer going to figure out what it costs and then share it.

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Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Sen.

Either way, the draft is certain to undergo some changes.

But some GOP senators representing states that rapidly expanded Medicaid health care coverage have said the time frame is too short to adjust budgets.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday from Republicans opposing the bill. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell can't lose more than two and still pass the plan. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) claiming that people will die because of Trump's ObamaCare repeal efforts.

"These cuts are blood money". "The American people are calling out for relief, and my administration is determined to provide it", he said. "Let's be very clear". But under the Republican Senate's restructuring, that would change dramatically.

The South Boston Democrat, who was one of the few members of his party to vote against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, stressed that the legislation needs to be fixed and that not enough has been done to rein in the overall cost of health care.

"Make no mistake, this bill in the Senate, like the one in the House, would be a U-turn on the progress we've made when it comes to affordable care in the United States of America", said Sen. "As I have consistently stated, if this bill is good for Nevada, I'll vote for it and if it's not - I won't".

As it turns out, one of the bill's biggest impacts will be on Medicaid, both for people who qualified for Medicaid coverage prior to the Affordable Care Act and for those who secured coverage due to the program's expansion under President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

It cuts taxes. It bails out insurance companies. Unlike the House bill, it pegs tax credits to income rather than age. Premiums for those with pre-existing conditions could increase substantially. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely. Given the bill's basement-level approval ratings and the heightened scrutiny it's received in recent days, activists and advocates would nearly certainly use the recess to make their voices heard, which could make the bill an even tougher lift when the Senate reconvenes on July 10. Protesters were physically removed by Capitol Police officers.

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