Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat that would be a major embarrassment to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
In a separate statement, Paul said he would vote against the bill "in its current form, but I remain open to negotiation". On Facebook, Obama said "fundamental meanness" was at the heart of the bill. Because they also painted over the part that sets certain minimum standards for insurance policies. And like the House bill, the Senate's legislation rolls back the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which helped give insurance to more than 11 million people. He and others said the bill would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama's coverage requirements that some people find onerous. "What I'm going to need is enough time, to find out exactly what's in this bill, and determine. whether this is continuous improvement from where we are today". "They can choose to keep standing by as their failing law continues to collapse and hurt more Americans, but I hope they will join with us instead to bring relief to the families who have struggled under "Obamacare" for far too long". That should be the central issue for Republicans-repealing Obamacare and making health care more affordable.
Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Ron Johnson probably hold the fate of the Senate Obamacare repeal-replace bill and staked out their own position on what needs to happen for them to get behind the effort.
Wisconsin's other U.S. Senator, Democrat Tammy Baldwin, also released a statement. GOP Sen. Arthur Heller (R-NV), who is up for re-election, said Thursday that he has "serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid".
Maine Sen. Susan Collins and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare's expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program.
"The working poor, disabled and elderly appear to shoulder the burden in this latest version of Congress' health care rewrite", Edwards said in a statement. The measure is similar to a bill passed in the House last month, but there are some key differences. The CBO estimated 23 million Americans would lose coverage under the House version of the bill President Trump called "mean".