Sens. Susan Collins, Rand Paul express doubts about Senate health care bill

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In recent weeks, some Republican senators have said they feel uncomfortable with Medicaid cuts being proposed. It would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid programme for the poor more gradually, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025. In addition to slamming the bill's effects, which would shift costs to older and sicker Americans, Obama said, efforts to tweak the Senate bill would not "change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill February 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Sen.

He pulled out the Senate Republican bill.

"There's no way we should be voting on this next week", Johnson told host Chuck Todd.

While neither of Louisiana's Republican U.S. senators has committed to back the Senate GOP health care plan, advocacy groups seeking to keep the current Obamacare law intact have their focus squarely on only one of them: physician Bill Cassidy.

"We have a very good plan", Trump said in an interview broadcast in the USA on Sunday. More Democratic states, he said, could try single-payer systems while conservative states could bolster health savings accounts.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' health care bill. "We've got to fix the unmitigated disaster that is Obamacare".

Republicans actually need 51 votes to pass the legislation, but one of them can be Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote.

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Trump didn't indicate what types of changes may be in store, but affirmed that he had described a US House-passed bill as "mean".

Nevada, like most states, expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. His biggest concern involves dismantling the Medicaid expansion that he enacted in Louisiana, which has given insurance coverage to 430,000 people. Moderates are concerned that the bill places caps on federal Medicaid funding, impacting millions of low-income Americans who rely on the Medicaid programs administered by their states.

The Trump administration is reminding the Republicans that the Senate bill fulfills several 2016 campaign promises.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), speaking on ABC's "This Week", said he believed the bill has a "50-50" chance of passing.

"We have a very good plan", he said.

Despite his frustrations "about the process" - which Lee condemned as being too secretive - "and my disagreements with the substance" of the bill, the senator would support adding a provision that allows states and residents to opt out of the federal plan and experiment with different forms of insurance and coverage.

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