Menendez said that the wealthiest Americans will get a tax cut under the Senate legislation, paid for by "taking health care away from those who need it most". "If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party".
Trump will lead the effort to try to convince reluctant Republicans to support the bill.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. "Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate".
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has a challenge on unifying his party to successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act.
McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on. The four holdouts, among the Senate's most conservative members, said the plan failed to rein in the federal government's role, highlighting Republicans' struggle to craft legislation to revamp a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the world's largest economy. He added that Nevada "is one of the most improved states in the country" in expanding coverage. The legislation would phase out federal funding for Medicaid expansion - now covering about 11 million people in 31 states - beginning in 2020, and shift more of those costs back to states. "That's what I want", however, he acknowledged that changing the bill in order to do that is "going to be a very hard lift" because of the conservative senators who are against the Medicaid expansion.
The Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare may be in trouble.
Trump bemoaned the lack of help from Democrats on health care.
"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues.
Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens.
They said the measure missed delivering a GOP promise to Americans "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".
"I think that they'll probably get there, we'll have to see", President Trump said. "We'll have to see". GOP Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has not yet said she will vote against the bill, expressed reservations towards it to news outlets today.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare's expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program. The bill would also cut taxes for high-income Americans.
But Mr. Heller did not rule out ultimately voting for a version of the bill. It is, to borrow President Trump's behind the scenes assessment of the House's bill, mean. Paul said, "My hope is not to defeat the bill".
First up, the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of the plan's costs and the effects on insurance coverage is due early in the week, perhaps Monday, June 26.
"AARP is also deeply concerned that the Senate bill cuts Medicaid funding that would strip health coverage from millions of low-income and vulnerable Americans who depend on the coverage, including 17 million poor seniors and children and adults with disabilities", LeaMond said. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.
"Medicaid is a resource for their medical care", Kramer says. Not only would millions lose their health care coverage, but a million would lose their jobs and hundreds of small hospitals and nursing homes could disappear.