Senate Republicans reluctant to rush vote on healthcare bill

During a White House meeting last week with 13 Republican senators, Trump said the House version was "mean" and urged the senators to make it more generous.

The Senate Republican plan would scuttle much of former US President Barack Obama's health law.

"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 includes big cuts to Medicaid over a period of time, eliminates taxes on the wealthy and insurers, and does not let insurers deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

In addition to the five senators who have announced their outright opposition, several other GOP senators, both conservatives and moderates, have yet to commit to the new overhaul.

The new Republican health-insurance bill is facing opposition from some of its own senators in the lead-up to a vote to approve it later this week.

Meanwhile, President Trump has sent mixed messages about the health care reform priorities that partly fueled his campaign.

My gut tells me McConnell is ambivalent about enacting a repeal-and-replace law - that he might be OK with a defeat when the bill comes to the Senate floor later this week.

Trump will lead the effort to try to convince reluctant Republicans to support the bill.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that the Senate should not vote on the bill before the recess.

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Republican senators unveiled their version of the health bill on Thursday, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he wants to see a vote before the end of this week.

Republicans actually need 51 votes to pass the legislation, but one of them can be Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote. Five GOP senators now do not support the measure.

Asked to respond to Conway's comments, Collins said: "I respectfully disagree with her analysis".

He's never been as bullish about this approach as Ryan, whose bill was called "mean" by Trump - just weeks after Trump hailed it at a White House ceremony.

Republicans in support of the new health care bill say the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed.

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.

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. 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.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. "We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process and I think that at least is good".

Trump said getting approval would require travelling a "very, very narrow path" but that "I think we're going to get there".

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

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