Twitter is not having it with the Obamacare repeal hashtag #HellerVoteYes

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

"But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders. But some lawmakers have doubts. Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years, and failure would be a shattering defeat for the GOP.

On Thursday he continued that theme when he lashed out at the new healthcare bill introduced in the Senate to replace Obamacare.

"Are you gonna work to stop it?" He said he feels "a sense of urgency" to push forward because the health care system is in "full meltdown mode".

In a visit to his home state Capitol Friday, Pennsylvania's senior US Senator Bob Casey called the bill "obscene".

But perhaps the most troubling - even to many Republican public officials - is the drastic changes in Medicaid.

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference.

"There is no way on God's Earth that this bill should be passed this week", Sanders said.

Sasse addressed health care at a private retreat for top donors to the libertarian Koch brothers' political network, which favors full repeal. Ted Cruz (Texas), Dean Heller (Nev.) and Mike Lee (Utah).

The bill is supported by Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he wants to pass the bill before the July 4 holiday weekend. And the president called Massachusetts Sen.

The full impact of McConnell's bill won't be clear until the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office completes its analysis next week.

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GOP moderates like Alaska's Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. As an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I urge Sen. "We should not be voting on this next week", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said his first review of the Senate legislation "raises several red flags for the state". Danielson said jokes aside, passing this bill would mean taking away important services from them.

"When you are doing something good, you want everyone to know", Menendez said.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it "is not anywhere close to repeal" of the Affordable Care Act. "While we are still waiting for final numbers, every indication is that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans will be even more devastating".

AHIP represents Anthem Inc, one of the largest sellers of health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, and Cigna Corp, among others.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.

ROVNER: Well, of course, there's only 52 Republicans in the Senate.

Collins said another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts.

"That is why we need the Congressional Budget Office assessment", Collins said.

Collins spoke on ABC's "This Week".

"Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we don't act, millions more Americans will be hurt by Obamacare's deepening death spiral", President Trump said.

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