Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill

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Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are speaking out after the U.S. Senate's long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was unveiled on Thursday.

In his statement, Obama said the Senate bill is "not a health care bill".

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday.

"It's a very complicated situation from the standpoint, you do something that's good for one group but bad for another. It's a very, very narrow path".

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack says the Better Care and Reconciliation Act of 2017 falls short of what the Republicans pledged to do, and would be harmful to Iowans in many ways. "They'd like to get certain changes".

Cantwell is hoping to organize opposition to the bill.

"This bill is exactly the opposite of what the President said", Stabenow told WWJ.

The 142-page bill, which includes cuts to Medicaid, would end the individual mandate set up by the ACA, which was a key component that kept the law functioning.

The number of Republicans opposing Mitch McConnell's Obamacare repeal bill continues to grow.

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Rand Paul, who has rejected the plan along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, said fundamental problems remained that would leave taxpayers subsidizing health insurance companies.

Collins, a moderate Republican who has not taken a formal stance on the bill, said she was concerned it would cut Medicaid too deeply and said she wants to see an upcoming analysis by the Congressional Budget Office before making a decision.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook.

The state could opt to keep up the coverage, but Wolf administration officials have said the costs would be astronomical-likely more than $4 billion.

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

The KFF poll notes that "proposed Medicaid changes were not initially a major point of discussion surrounding consideration of the House bill... which may partly explain why many respondents were unaware of its effect".

"Make no mistake, this bill in the Senate, like the one in the House, would be a U-turn on the progress we've made when it comes to affordable care in the United States of America", said Sen. It penalized anyone who failed to buy insurance. And health insurance, like auto insurance, should be mandatory, with basic coverage including maternity care and mental health.

Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Sandoval also asked if it's "really realistic" for people earning $16,000 per year to buy insurance on the exchange if they lose Medicaid eligibility.

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