Five GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Senator Susan Collins (R-M.E.) counts at least seven more, including herself, who are troubled by the bill's cuts to Medicaid.

Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

The Senate's proposal would eliminate or reduce key benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act; lower taxes for the wealthy;strip funding from the women's reproductive health provider Planned Parenthood; and dramatically cut and restructure the Medicaid public health insurance program for low-income and disabled Americans.

As Republicans scrambled today to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, US President Donald Trump lashed at Democrats accusing them of "obstruction" over the bill.

"They've promised too much". The Senate now has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.

So far five Republican senators have announced their opposition.

Rand Paul, who has rejected the plan along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, said fundamental problems remained that would leave taxpayers subsidizing health insurance companies. "We're open to negotiation, but we want the bill to look more like a repeal", said Sen.

"Every indication suggests that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans yesterday will be even more devastating to New Jersey than the mean-spirited unpopular bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year".

While neither of Louisiana's Republican U.S. senators has committed to back the Senate GOP health care plan, advocacy groups seeking to keep the current Obamacare law intact have their focus squarely on only one of them: physician Bill Cassidy.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace what he's calling "the dead carcass of Obamacare". "We have a few people that are - I think you could say modestly - they're not standing on the rooftops and screaming, they want to get some points". He said Medicaid will not be cut.

The leader of the minority Senate Democrats, Senator Charles Schumer, said Sunday that Republicans have "at best a 50-50 chance" of approving their Senate proposal.

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget. Right now we've got premiums that are going through the roof.

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