Republican senator says Republican health care bill is too Republican


In addition to Heller, Republicans expected to offer some pushback against the Senate bill include Maine's Susan Collins and Ohio's Rob Portman.

Discussing the bill, which aims to repeal Obamacare, Obama had said on Thursday in a post on social media: "The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill". He said it only benefits millionaires.

A Republican senator up for re-election next year just got some bad news about the Senate GOP health care bill.

After Spicer spoke, Republican Senator Dean Heller became the fifth Republican opponent on Friday, saying he would not support the bill in its current form. Yet 80 percent of Medicaid recipients are children, the handicapped and the elderly. "All her medication is covered through Medicaid. That's not going to happen with us". He said that the legislation will need "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good".

The Associated Press, citing anonymous congressional sources, reported earlier this month that Trump called the House's version of the bill "mean" during a meeting with Republican senators, asking them to make their version of the bill be more "generous".

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. It keeps protection for people with pre-existing conditions, but states can opt-out of covering some basic services such as wellness visits.

- Requires older people to pay a greater share of their income for insurance.

Five Republican senators - including Ted Cruz - threatened "NO" votes. "It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", she added.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said.

"We can not support the current bill".

The president, who said he wanted the Senate bill to have more heart, predicted eventual success.

Paul also proposed whittling down the current version of the bill to areas where Republicans have agreement, and tackling contentious issues later down the road. Controversial, because it defunds Planned Parenthood for a year and could also gut programs to treat opioid addiction - a cause championed by Gov. Chris Christie.

If Republican leaders in Congress really meant what they said about unity and common objective last week after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, they'd slow down and craft a bipartisan plan with plenty of input from hospitals, doctors, patient groups and the general public. Unfortunately, this bill that was written pretty much in secret, and is now trying to be rushed through the process, doesn't do any of that.

Vilsack particularly objects to the cuts in Medicaid expansion in the Senate bill, which he claims would hurt rural Iowa-especially hospitals.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, deeming his fight a matter of "life and death", vowed Friday "to use every single ounce of energy that I have" to defeat the Republican health care bill to repeal Obamacare.