The healthcare bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could be in trouble now that a handful of Senate Republicans said they won't support the current form of the bill.
Even Mr Obama wrote: I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not flawless, nor could it be the end of our efforts. While McConnell's bill curtails the program at a slower rate than the House version, it ultimately cuts deeper, which has prompted senators whose states expanded Medicaid to raise red flags. Time is of the essence! Republicans likely can lose only two senators on a vote to pass the bill because they hold a 52-48 Senate majority and all Democrats will vote no.
"I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill", Johnson said.
"I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"
In a visit to his home state Capitol Friday, Pennsylvania's senior US Senator Bob Casey called the bill "obscene". "But I think we're going to get it".
Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Johnson, a conservative from Wisconsin, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he wanted to see further changes to the bill before he could commit to supporting it, adding the Senate should not "rush this process". She was asked about the bill's impact on lower-income Iowans now covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. "I think they have at best a 50/50 chance of passing this bill". Moderates are also wary of the legislation, which would make deep cuts to Medicaid and raise premiums for the poor, elderly, and sick, while benefiting people who are younger and wealthier.
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. The bill also rolls back on President Donald Trump's campaign promise that he would not make any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. She said there's still a need for some sort of rule created to push healthy people to buy insurance, to replace Obamacare's individual mandate -which would be eliminated under the Senate proposal. On Friday, Heller also came out and said he will vote "no" on the bill as it now stands.
Cantwell is hoping to organize opposition to the bill.