GOP senators now oppose health bill - enough to sink it

Of course, the whole thing could be political theater and the thing passes with unanimous Republican support with barely any changes anyway.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) said there are parts of the bill he supports such as the expansion of association health plans and the reform of Medicaid.

Trump's role is expected to become more pronounced in coming days as the vote nears.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his health care bill to a mix of indecision and opposition.

Heller's comments came the day after four conservative senators issued a joint statement saying they can not support the bill unless it is changed.

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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.

"It's going to be very good", Trump said at the White House, according to CNN. "There's still an opportunity to make this bill better", he said.

Healthcare stocks closed down 0.1 % on Friday, clawing back some losses after the sector dropped sharply late in the session on Heller's announcement.

Sen. Jeff Flake's home state of Arizona could lose at least $7.1 billion through 2026 under the Senate proposal to roll back former President Barack Obama's health care law. The House of Representatives' initial bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act had to be pulled before ever reaching the floor due to lack of support, particularly from the House Freedom Caucus.

"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues.

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"It's not that they're opposed", he said. "And we'll see if we can take care of that". "I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus".

"The Republicans and Democrats don't get together", Trump complained on the Fox and Friends program, in a previously taped interview broadcast early on Sunday.

Second, the Senate bill starts from the appalling House draft.

The measure calls for reducing money for Medicaid.

It wasn't easy to craft a plan that met those benchmarks. Unfortunately, this bill that was written pretty much in secret, and is now trying to be rushed through the process, doesn't do any of that.

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The S.C. Hospital Association, which represents more than 60 hospitals across the state, issued a public statement Friday explaining that the proposed Medicaid cuts "will shift financial pressure to the state and force state policy makers to choose between raising additional state revenue or taking funding from other essential state services".

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