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"In this form, I will not support it", Heller said at a press conference Friday.

Yesterday the Republican leadership in the Senate released a draft bill to replace it, with a vote set for next week.

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiling a health care bill that makes deep cuts in Medicaid and end the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate that most Americans have health insurance.

And in a separate statement, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the GOP Senate bill would hamper the state's progress in slowing the opioid epidemic, calling Medicaid the "number one tool" in the fight against opioids.

"We made a lot of progress".

Much of the architecture of the House's American Health Care Act has been left intact.

It is now up to us to let our Senators know that this bill is unacceptable. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month. It also phases out certain benefits insurance plans are now required to provide, such as preventive care screenings, emergency room visits, maternal and newborn care and lab tests.

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"That could cause states to shrink eligibility, to cut people who really need health care from the program", Collins said.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

A majority of GOP senators told the publication that they're not sure where they stand while four, including Sen.

Four Republicans quickly came out in opposition - Mr Ted Cruz, Mr Mike Lee, Mr Ron Johnson and Dr Rand Paul - while at least three more Republicans have openly expressed serious concerns. Heller's seat is up for reelection next year, and a Democrat won Nevada's other Senate seat by a 2.4 percent margin in 2016.

"That should be the central issue for Republicans - repealing Obamacare and making healthcare more affordable", said Cruz in a statement to CNN.

The GOP-controlled Senate bill introduced Thursday would phase out federal money to states which opted to expand the low-income health insurance program. The House bill disregards the health care needs of low-income people.

The four Republican holdouts, among the Senate's most conservative members, said the plan did not go far enough in scaling back 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.

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