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GOP senators to unveil health care bill Thursday

Among Republican voters, 30 percent disapprove of the GOP health care bill.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the outline of a Senate GOP health care bill will be unveiled Thursday, with a vote to follow as soon as next week. “I personally think that holding a vote on this next week would definitely be rushed”.Senate Republicans have been working behind closed doors for weeks on legislation aimed at repealing and replacing major portions of the Affordable Care Act, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, popularly known as Obamacare.McConnell can only lose two Republican senators – any more than that and Senate leaders will fail to repeal Obamacare.The bill recently passed by the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance, compared to the status quo, in 2026, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office. That loosening of 1332 rules could end up resulting in states obtaining the same sorts of waivers they would have received under the House bill.Senate Republicans expressed skepticism Wednesday about a Washington Post report purportedly detailing the contents of the upper chamber’s bill to replace ObamaCare.The bill could still change a bit in order to garner the 50 necessary votes for it to pass, but what that means for Medicaid is anybody’s guess.Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) took to Facebook yesterday, complaining that despite serving as a member of the Senate’s health care working group, he has not seen the bill yet.Paul’s proposal has had little support in the past, and is unlikely to be taken up before the Senate votes on the Republican plan next week.U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday that he “can’t imagine” voting for a health care bill next week, even as Senate Republican leaders say that’s when they could seek a vote on a measure – the contents of which remain secret.”This bill is like a vampire”, Ben Wikler, Washington director at Moveon.org, told the Guardian on Tuesday. Some of its provisions were described by people on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly. “There is an urgency to get this done because of the continued collapse of the Obama healthcare law”, Barrasso, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, told CNN.Like McConnell, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also pushed back on Democrats’ concerns about a lack of transparency in the bill-writing process.Daines says what could be gained are lower premiums and more state control over Medicaid expansion funds.If the bill comes to the Senate floor without hearings, they should offer as many amendments as possible to slow Senate proceedings to a crawl. And Alaska moderate Lisa Murkowski said she didn’t know how she’d vote, adding, “I have no idea what the deal is”.