GOP senator is latest to oppose health bill

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The bill, which was written behind closed doors, is facing its fair share of criticism from Democrats who say that it negatively mimics the House's plan. Sen. It is, to borrow President Trump's behind the scenes assessment of the House's bill, mean.

In a joint statement, the four senators said, "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor".

The Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is in trouble after a fifth Republican senator came out against it. She said there's still a need for some sort of rule created to push healthy people to buy insurance, to replace Obamacare's individual mandate -which would be eliminated under the Senate proposal. They said the measure missed delivering a GOP promise to Americans "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".

Four conservatives oppose bill On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill".

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is suggesting Iowans would not be losing Medicaid coverage even as the Senate GOP health care bill would phase out financing to expand the low-income insurance program.

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"I regret that our Democratic friends made clear early on that they did not want to work with us in a serious, bipartisan way to address the Obamacare status quo".

This is the bill with "heart" President Trump told senators he wanted?

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. The bill's biggest obstacle could be opposition from within the Republican party. "It's the only way I'm going to vote yes".

The other four GOP senators to oppose the health care bill in its current form-Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee-essentially did so from a more conservative position, arguing it doesn't go far enough in repealing the ACA.

With a third of the Senate coming up for re-election in 2018, many will have to weigh the state-wide implications before voting for the bill. Yesterday 43 protesters were arrested at the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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