Key Republican Collins has 'serious concerns' on healthcare bill

Senate Majority leader Mitch Mc Connell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans healthcare bill which represents the party's long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act at

Obama: 'Fundamental Meanness At The Core' Of GOP Health Care Bills

Several Democrats have admitted Obamacare needs fixing, but that abandoning it for the Republican replacement - known formally as the American Health Care Act - is not a viable option.

Cassidy, who spent much of his medical career working for Louisiana's charity hospital system, has said he has problems with the bill that won House passage. "They say they're going to fix health care and premiums are going to down", Paul said on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" of his party's health care plan unveiled Thursday. Time is of the essence!

With no Democratic support, Senate Republicans can only afford two votes against the bill - and there are already more than that.

He called the Senate's bill "not a health care bill" but a "massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America". "Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate". In addition, Susan Collins (R-ME) expressed reservations Thursday, and on Sunday said it would be "extremely difficult" for McConnell to "come up with a bill this week" that both she and Sen. She said she's focusing on senators who previously said they didn't want to cut Medicaid.

On Friday, Hillary Clinton warned Republicans would be "the Death Party" if the GOP health care bill passes, echoing recent criticisms of the bill highlighting its human costs. In a statement, Hupfer says the necessary solution is "patient-focused, not government-controlled" health care. "But I think we're going to get it".

Another senator who has announced that he does not support the current version of the bill, Rand Paul of Kentucky, said he would back it if the Senate reached an impasse on healthcare.

"They're trying to cut programs that help people with opioid addiction". "There are things in this bill which adversely affect my state that are peculiar to my state, a couple of things I'm concerned about", Cassidy said.

The Republican senator told reporters Friday, "I wouldn't say they are losing it".

Trump later criticized the House bill privately as "mean" and this week called for a health plan "with heart". The bill also makes major cuts and structural changes to Medicaid, a health insurance program relied upon by almost 75 million Americans - primarily low-income, disabled, and elderly.

"We'll get it done, even if we don't have any help from the Democrats, we'll get it done." said President Donald Trump. "We have ideas. You have ideas", said Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat.

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition.

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