GOP health plan cuts Medicaid, ends penalties

Sen. John McCain told Bloomberg that he hadn't seen the bill.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), however, said GOP lawmakers were looking at ways to get around that. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks about the health overhaul following a closed-door strateg.

The new data arrives as Democrats in recent days have increased their efforts to gum up the works, vowing to slow the Republican's attempt to ram their bill through with little or no debate.

USA senators expressed concern on Wednesday about a plan to overhaul the US healthcare system, fearing a rush to consider the major legislation as Republican leaders prepare to unveil it. And Alaska moderate Lisa Murkowski says she doesn't know how she'll vote or what the legislation says.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to release the measure Thursday morning and hopes to push it through the Senate next week.

Tester says what could be lost is health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and big cuts to Medicaid.

"We believe we can do better than the Obamacare status quo, and we fully intend to do so", said McConnell.

The bill could still change a bit in order to garner the 50 necessary votes for it to pass, but what that means for Medicaid is anybody's guess.

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The group has been criticized by Democrats and a handful of Republicans for working privately to reshape America's health care system.

Although they lack the votes to derail the bill, they are trying desperately to halt progress on the legislation. "So I think you're going to wind up with what you had in the House bill - about 20 percent of the public's going to think it's a good idea". Now, only 26 percent of independents support the House GOP bill, while 53 percent oppose it. To continue providing health care to those residents would cost the Garden State an extra $810 million a year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive research group in Washington. Another possibility was letting states drop some coverage requirements that Obama's law imposes on insurers, they said. "We're not quite sure how that's going to be resolved". That might satisfy Republican senators from states that expanded their programs, but conservatives have wanted to halt the extra expenditures quickly.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed a health care reform bill in May by a vote of 217-213. Spicer offered no specifics but said Trump wants the Senate to "strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible". Conservative senators, led by Patrick Toomey (R-PA), are determined to hold the line on federal spending, pitting two Senate factions against each other.

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