GOP senator is latest to oppose health bill

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Republicans in the Senate today released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.

Meyers singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his hypocrisy in the drafting of the bill.

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.

The protesters were headed back to Rochester Friday morning, but Woodward said they're not going to remain silent. Other Senate "moderates" seem to be angling for a slower phase-out of the expansion and a slightly more liberal cap.

Trump, who campaigned heavily on a pledge to dismantle his predecessor's landmark health care reforms, offered a brief reaction to the bill's release.

Trump later criticized the House bill privately as "mean" and this week called for a health plan "with heart". "For Wisconsin families struggling to get ahead, this repeal plan has no heart and people are scared that it will make things worse", Baldwin said.

Here are the key provisions under the Senate and House health bills that would benefit the highest-income households. Millions more people being covered, for example.

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's associate state director Anthony Carroll says the federal program helps more than just low-income people. For example, they want fewer government subsidies created to make health insurance more affordable. The American Hospital Association released a statement saying it urges the Senate to go back to the drawing board and develop legislation that continues to provide coverage to all Americans who now have it. "And policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandates so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford", McConnell said.

"We have to act", McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday, "because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo". He said that the debate is "about the character of our country - who we are, and who we aspire to be". His home state has taken advantage of federal funds to expand its Medicaid rolls: As of March, more than 630,000 Nevadans had enrolled for Medicaid coverage, nearly double the number of enrollees who signed up in the state before Obamacare, according to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

As of 2017, 31 states and Washington, D.C. adopted the Medicaid expansion. But federal funding for the program would be capped, based either on a fixed amount per enrollee in states or as a lump-sum block grant paid directly to states, according to published reports. Others worry it goes too far. Ultimately it's these dark blue states that are most likely to feel the cuts being proposed by Republicans. These included maternity and hospital care, prescription drugs and mental health, to name a few.

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