Five GOP senators now oppose health bill

Mr Obama said that though repealing and replacing Obamacare has become a core issue for Republicans, “we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course”. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.Like the House legislation, the Senate bill would impose major changes to Medicaid and curtail its growth over time and also would repeal the individual mandate. Few senators were included in the secretive drafting process, which McConnell oversaw alongside a small conclave of aides, lawmakers, and lobbyists. They oppose the bill, but only on paper.Of course, the whole thing could be political theater and the thing passes with unanimous Republican support with barely any changes anyway.The draft text announced by the Senate this week was received with even less enthusiasm.The measure calls for reducing money for Medicaid.Four Republican senators said they are unable for vote for the Senate’s healthcare bill as written, jeopardizing its passage.The proposed Republican health care bill released by Senate leadership this week will “kill Massachusetts” without addressing any of the real flaws in Obamacare, Congressman Stephen Lynch said yesterday.Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer appears at a press conference with a sign that he had personally edited to read “Mean-er” after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 22, 2017.McConnell wants to push the package through the Senate next week, and will succeed if he can limit defections to two of the chamber’s 52 Republicans.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would not commit his support to the replacement plan because he needs feedback from health care experts in SC. Heller’s “no” was also conditional.”This bill is exactly the opposite of what the President said”, Stabenow told WWJ.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. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age. The budget office analysis of the Senate measure is expected early next week. The CBO estimates that the House bill would leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance but cut the federal deficit by $110 billion over 10 years.