Trump calls Obama a copycat for saying health bill is 'mean'

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday.

As Senate leadership plans a Thursday vote, negotiating with Lee and at least four other GOP senators who oppose the measure will be critical in determining its passage. In a follow up post, he added, "The President promised we'd get exhausted of winning & a lot of people in the media are getting exhausted, but they better get used to it".

"Not only Heller, but Sandoval is a great governor", Kasich said.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with. Since it's likely Democrats will unanimously vote against the bill, Republicans can afford to lose two votes before the bill is jeopardized.

Besides the five who've announced outright opposition, several other GOP senators - conservatives and moderates - have declined to commit to the new overhaul.

"No one knows the Senate better that Senator McConnell", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom".

Collins said she disagreed with Conway's assertions about Medicaid cuts. Better Care would also limit government spending on the rest of the Medicaid program, giving states a set amount to spend per person rather than the insurance program's now open-ended funding commitment. "I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill". At some point, over a period of years, the federal government would basically limit what it pays for Medicaid, which has always been a shared program between the states and the federal government. "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said.

The Senate bill is similar to the House bill but includes additional funding to stabilize the Obamacare health insurance exchanges and, so far, does not contain a provision that would penalize people for not having health care coverage.

"There are folks in the Republican conference who desperately want this to devolve to the states", said Whitlock, who is now vice president for health policy at ML Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm.

Others, like Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of OH, have pointed to concerns about the proposal's cuts to Medicaid.

As premium costs rise, more healthy people drop out, which causes costs to rise even further.

Toomey said there are a lot of misconceptions with the bill that he wants to clear up.

"It's not that they're opposed", he said. -Canada border is monitored by USA border officials.

"It was just released yesterday".

And under this proposal, what they're saying is, we're no longer going to figure out what it costs and then share it.

"They fight each other", the USA leader continued. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. Changes can still be made to the legislation. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.

Trump later criticized the House bill privately as "mean" and this week called for a health plan "with heart".

Without significant changes in the proposal, the senator said he'll vote with Democrats to block it from reaching the Senate floor.

HORSLEY: One of the holdouts is Kentucky Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and MoveOn.org were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Louisiana, with its high levels of poverty, recently expanded Medicaid.

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