Schumer vows to fight Senate GOP health care bill

"Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday. "It's a very, very narrow path".

Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday morning, called the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people". "And we'll see if we can take care of that".

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition.

To pass the Senate, with unanimous Democratic opposition expected, Republicans can only afford two defectors.

It wasn't easy to craft a plan that met those benchmarks.

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

Trump said the Democrats' theme is "resist" - which he interpreted as "obstruction" - and that "if it was the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote" from them. Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said in a statement that more time was needed to gauge the measure's potential impact but that "there are significant positive changes in the Senate bill, including increased flexibility for the states".

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday that she has extreme reservations about the Senate health-care bill. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. As five conservatives are now against the bill.

Four conservative Senate Republicans - including onetime Trump presidential rivals Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas - said they could not support the plan because it looked too much like Obamacare. Dean Heller (R), a key swing vote on the bill, who announced that he could not support it as written.

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Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. People could tap newly created federal tax credits.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook.

Vice President Mike Pence has made weekly trips to Capitol Hill to meet with senators about the health care bill and said he and the president are "determined before this summer is out" to keep their promise to break up Obamacare.

MARTIN: What parts and programs of the Affordable Care Act are most at stake with this new version of the Senate Republicans' bill?

The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia opted into the expansion, leading more than 11 million able-bodied adults to gain health coverage. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.

Passage would move President Donald Trump and the GOP closer to one of their marquee pledges - erasing Obama's 2010 statute. They actually stop them at a lower level of income at 350 percent, so three and a half times poverty rather than four times poverty, which is current law.

- Protects those with pre-existing conditions from getting charged more, but their coverage could be reduced.

"He's been sick for 10 years and needs the help", Dosman said.

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