Senate healthcare overhaul: Hopes and hurdles

Dozens of amendments are expected, and the Senate schedules back-to-back-to-back votes known on Capitol Hill as a "vote-a-rama".

Barack Obama has condemned the Republican's new healthcare plan, which was released on Thursday. It's estimated that under the Republican Senate health care plan 75 percent of them would lose some or all of the federal subsidy that helps them pay the premiums. Video footage shows police carrying protesters on ventilators and in wheelchairs outside at around 11.30am (4.30pm BST) on Thursday (22 June).

The doubts about the latest plan from Washington came from Republicans, Democrats and the nation's one independent governor.

McConnell hopes to hold a vote on the bill next week.

McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on.

Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada moderate, is facing re-election in a swing state that expanded Medicaid.

Medicaid is a program for the low-income and disabled, funded with a blend of federal and state dollars, and the 265,000 in ME who have Medicaid consist of mostly the disabled, children and low-income seniors who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), issued a joint statement in opposition to the measure, conceding that while there are some improvements in the bill it does not go far enough to provide comprehensive reform.

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"Maybe they will, over the next week, try to put something back in", Slavitt said during the press call.

"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues. States would be under pressure to cut optional Medicaid services, such as for adults with intellectual disabilities, low-income seniors or children with specialized health needs, said Robin Rudowitz, associate director of the program on Medicaid and the uninsured for the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Senate GOP leaders unveiled the 142-page proposed ACA replacement Thursday.

Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens.

"There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs", the senators said.

In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.

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

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Let us be clear: Doctors do not want the BCRA.

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. Nearly more than anything else that's what the Republicans ran on.

The tax credits would be tied to income - similar to the Affordable Care Act, but different from the House bill that would link the funding to a person's age.

In fact, the first time that Ryan brought up the legislation in March, it was premature, forcing him to yank the bill from the House floor before regrouping to pass it last month.

Trump says Republicans benefit as long as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains in power.

"Assuming that 15 million fewer people would have coverage in 2026, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 18,100 additional deaths in 2026", the Center for American Progress explained, assuming coverage loss based on the previous Congressional Budget Office score.

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