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On Saturday, Rep. Mark Meadows -- who was intimately involved in the House healthcare negotiations -- said he could envision a scenario in which the Senate passed the bill this week, the House votes Friday and President Trump signs the bill on the Fourth of July.

"Healthcare is a very, very tough thing to get", Trump said in an interview shown on Sunday on Fox News.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to keep his 52 Republican members united behind him.

The holdouts are expressing willingness to negotiate, but many of them are pushing revisions that could risk alienating moderate Republicans in the process.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said seven to eight additional senators including herself were troubled by provisions in the Senate bill that she believes could cut Medicaid for the poor even more than the House version. But she said it will be "extremely difficult" for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates. Critics said that created a perverse incentive for healthy people to go without insurance, only buying coverage after they got sick.

But Wisconsin's Ron Johnson has moved to put the brakes on the party leadership's plan to hold a vote this week.

"I would like to delay", said Sen.

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There were some positive points: the legislation would decrease federal deficits by $321bn over a decade, the budget office said. But the office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments.

"With a lack of stable treatment options, individuals end up being treated in hospitals, costing three times that of community health treatment; and [being treated in] jails, costing more than five times as much", she said. The problem is, there just aren't a lot of days left until the Senate plans to vote - and that means we probably won't know about numerous consequences lurking inside until we see them unfold as part of a new law.

Legislating so quickly means that fewer people will have time to offer feedback and shape the bill - especially those who stand to be affected by the bill's overhaul of the American health care system.

Sasse said he's neither finished reading the bill nor taken a position on it.

Jen McGowan, associate director of the Chicago chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said Medicaid cuts in the proposal would hurt the hundreds of thousands of people in IL who suffer from mental health or substance abuse problems, and are enrolled in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he calls "the level of hostility" that he says has stymied bipartisanship in Washington.

Trump has endorsed the bill, and Democrats say they will take every opportunity to link the legislation to an unpopular president.

McConnell is expected to offer other changes to his proposal as he seeks to nail down support for the package. John Cornyn of Texas said there is "a sense of urgency" to push forward but acknowledged the outcome is "going to be close".

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He told reporters at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado that Trump will be "important" in securing the final votes.

On Monday, Republicans issued a revised version of their bill, imposing a six-month waiting period to get medical insurance for those who allow their coverage to lapse for more than two months.

The legislation would phase out extra federal money that more than 30 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners. For instance, liberal states might pursue government-run, single-payer insurance and conservative states might emphasize tax-advantaged health care savings accounts. If it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote. But if you me 90-percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it.

Three days from now, Senate Republicans are expected to vote on that plan. Famous last words, right?

Instead, we should return more flexibility to states, to give individuals the freedom and choice to buy plans they want without Obamacare's "reforms". The original Affordable Care Act was well over 2,000 pages long - and the reason that this GOP bill is so short is simple - it just amends the Obama health law - this is not "repeal and replace" by any measure.

Earlier Monday, Republican leaders added a penalty to their bill for people who've had at least a 63-day gap in coverage during the past year. All four said last week they'd oppose the bill without changes, as did Heller.

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