Ohioans are reacting to the long-awaited Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill released Thursday.
A handful of Republicans - more than Mr. McConnell can afford to lose - were quick to disparage the measure.
How many Republicans will really abandon the twin pillars that have upheld the GOP for almost a decade - tax cuts for the rich and the repudiation of Obama?
Gov. Christie's spokesman has said he will not comment on this pending health care legislation, that the process of finalizing a bill is a long one.
"Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor", Sens.
House Republicans have passed their health care bill, and Senate GOP leaders are driving toward a vote next week.
Does McConnell have the votes?
The bill makes dramatic cuts to Medicaid and overhauls the program's structure, scales back Obamacare's subsidies for the individual insurance marketplaces, and slashes some of the taxes that nearly entirely hit the wealthy. "Make sure we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada". "I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill", Mr Paul told MSNBC on Friday.
He called on citizens to pressure lawmakers into working with each other by calling and visiting members of Congress and sharing their stories about how the proposed bill will affect them. Others worry it goes too far. At least four GOP senators-along with all Democrats-have voiced opposition to the bill.
They focus instead on the market for individual policies, which Obama's ACA sought to reform by providing subsidies, setting requirements for comprehensive coverage, and creating online markets where consumers could compare plans.
The problem our country has is how to help people who are in the lowest economic straits, who have the most health challenges, get access to affordable coverage and, indeed, get well.
In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.
Beyond the Medicaid cuts, Heller also said he was also concerned with the Senate bill's rollback, via waivers, of Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits.
On the other side, moderate-leaning senators like Susan Collins of ME were also expressing reservations. Under the House plan, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that 14 million Medicaid beneficiaries will likely become uninsured. The Senate version is expected to be scored as early as next week.
On Friday, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on Morning Joe reconciled the Senate's Medicaid cuts the following way: "If Medicaid expansion goes away and if there is no coverage, that's a bad thing, Willie".
The drafters of the ACA gave the mandate some teeth by imposing a penalty, enforced by the Internal Revenue Service, on people who could not demonstrate that they had coverage. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.