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.
Insurance rates have increased, and we have yet to see the 2018 numbers, but under the Senate bill, cost sharing payments will be covered for few years.
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.
To pass the Senate, with unanimous Democratic opposition expected, Republicans can only afford two defectors.
President Donald Trump, on the other hand, believes that the bill is "going to be very good" with a little negotiation needed to make it better.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened. If three Republican Senators vote no on the Senate legislation, the measure will fail.
He said his clinic mostly serves Medicaid families and kids.
The 142-page measure unveiled Thursday eliminates Obamacare's insurance mandates and its new taxes on the wealthy but it retains a decent amount of Obamacare's tax credits to help lower income Americans buy insurance.
He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions.
There have been reports Senate Republican leaders want to vote on the bill next week. Sen.