WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to say he would not support the measure in its current form. Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail.
McConnell is working to get other GOP holdouts to back the health-care bill for a possible vote next week, as he begins to separate those who can be won over with modest changes and those who may have unbridgeable concerns. The bill would replace its individual insurance coverage with new subsidies and requirements and cut federal funding for Medicaid.
"I am going to take care of everybody", Trump said.
"I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what's really at stake and consider that the rationale for action, on healthcare or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did", he wrote. Opinions and debates over how many Medicaid patients can dance on the head of a pin aren't altogether constructive.
A vote on the bill could come next week. It penalized anyone who failed to buy insurance.
For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal Obamacare.
Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens.
Overall, though, Republicans say their version of health care will stabilize insurance markets and cut health care costs.
In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.
"We have a very good plan", he said. "We'll have to see". Controversial, because it defunds Planned Parenthood for a year and could also gut programs to treat opioid addiction - a cause championed by Gov. Chris Christie.
Democrats are strongly opposed to what Sen.
The Senate bill maintains much of the structure of the House's but differs in key ways.
The Senate bill's real-world financial impact is not yet known, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is expected to provide an estimate early next week.
Lynch said the shift in Medicaid funding - from 50-50 state and federal funding to roughly 70 percent funded by states - will be particularly devastating to states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in recent years, including MA, saying: "Medicaid expansion, that'll kill MA". Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.
- Requires older people to pay a greater share of their income for insurance.
Critics, including former President Barack Obama, have called the Republican bills massive transfers of wealth from the poor and sick to the rich. Giaimo said there is truth to that because under "Obamacare", subsidies and Medicaid expansions were funded by tax penalties and higher premiums for those who earned more.