Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

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"The president said the House bill was mean", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. But some could pay more for less. The group praised the bill's extra funding for insurers as well.

Johnson, one of five GOP senators who has announced opposition to the bill as written, said there's not "enough time" to review and improve it before a planned vote Thursday - just one week after the secretly drafted bill was made public.

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with, " the president said.

"I would like to delay the thing", Sen.

Even Mr Obama wrote: I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not ideal, nor could it be the end of our efforts. "A little negotiation, but it's going to be very good". "We have to address that".

"I think this is a real issue and I think this is something that needs to be addressed", said Susan Giaimo, a Marquette biomedical science professor. As pointed out by Vox, these include the essential health benefits package - something which requires healthcare providers to cover maternity care, mental health treatment, and prescription drugs. Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week. "What [the bill] is from 20 feet back is a huge cut to Medicaid, big tax decreases for wealthier people and medical device companies and other big companies in exchange for cutting insurance for lots of people who get help for it now and for poor people".

On Twitter this weekend, Trump urged the dissenting Republican senators to get behind the bill. Johnson said Friday that would be "way too early".

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026.

Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

It's no secret that the Affordable Care Act has flaws, but Sen.

Paul added, "And it's a false, sort of over-promising to say, 'Oh, yes, insurance premiums are going to go down but we're keeping 10 of the 12 mandates that caused the prices to go up.' It's a foolish notion to promise something you can't provide". Rand Paul can support.

Gossage recommends we completely pull the plug on federal control when it comes to healthcare.

Giaimo said the problem with that type of policy is younger, healthier adults would buy those relatively cheap plans, putting less money in the overall insurance pool.

"Rural America has an older population", he said.