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On Friday a fifth GOP senator, Dean Heller of Nevada, said he does not support the bill.

On Twitter, Kennedy said: "I'll be reading through the Senate health care bill this weekend".

The KFF poll notes that "proposed Medicaid changes were not initially a major point of discussion surrounding consideration of the House bill... which may partly explain why many respondents were unaware of its effect". "It's out of touch, out of line with our nation's priorities, and damaging to our families and economy".

On the MomsRising website, mothers from cities and towns in every state, - locally Fort Edward, Saratoga Springs and a Queensbury pediatrician - express worries about the impact of the bill's deep cuts to Medicaid.

For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal Obamacare. That analysis lends support to some of the provisions in this bill.

Because the health law guarantees access to individual coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and bars insurers from charging sick people more for coverage, the individual mandate helps ensure that a mix of healthy and sick people are covered.

Kelli Simpkins, of Madison, is concerned the Medicaid cuts could jeopardize services for her son, Mickey, 14.

"Senator McConnell has said that he wants a vote next week, and that's up to him to run the chamber the way he sees fit".

"The Senate Democrats are fond of saying they realize Obamacare is imperfect, but where has their legislation been over these many years to fix it?" asked Greg Moore, executive director of the state chapter of the fiscally conservative Americans for Prosperity during a recent interview.

As Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, U.S. president Donald Trump - in an unusual bid to reach out to his political opponents - urged Democrats to support bill.

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican who surprised her party when she chose to expand Medicaid four years ago, is urging Congress to save the expansion, which has provided coverage to 400,000 Arizonans.

Additionally, about 20 percent of Medicaid spending goes to provide nursing home care, including for middle-class seniors whose savings have been exhausted - a situation nearly any of us might confront. "They are pulling out because they are losing money".

Brewer said cutting Medicaid eventually will cause private insurance premiums to rise because people losing coverage will seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms.

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 President Barack Obama's law.

Cuomo called the legislation "inhumane" and said NY would maintain requirements for insurers to cover 10 essential health benefits in their plans.

Like Morrow, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, who voted "yes" for the AHCA said, "Obamacare is broken".

Plus, when it comes to health care solutions, they are intellectually bankrupt.

Rural hospitals will continue to be at risk of closure under the new bill, Zumbrun said.

The Senate bill takes immediate steps to stabilize insurance markets for the next two years.

Now he says it needs "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good". And plans might be able to offer less coverage. Johnson tweeted Saturday that his remarks about the health care bill are "not a bluff".

After a shaky start, the White House hopes the Senate debate will allow Trump to turn the page on health care and get a fresh start on rewriting the tax code, a plan to rebuild roads and bridges, and his promise to strengthen the military - none of which will prove easy to accomplish.

"What will be available are policies that don't cover a number of benefits that people are used to getting coverage for today", Blumberg said.

So far five Republican senators have announced their opposition.

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