"It confuses me as a consumer why this needs to be done in secret and debated in such a short amount of time", says Connor. Some of those lawmakers could eventually change their stances after potential amendments to the plan. The Senate can only afford two "no" votes from Republicans and still pass the measure.
Health insurers rallied after the Senate Republicans released a draft Bill to replace Obamacare, with expansion of Medicaid being seen as one of the most encouraging moves. The new law would slash government support for Medicaid, which provides healthcare for poor Americans, and eliminate Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy and insurance companies.
The House approved its version of the bill last month.
Heller, who faces a hard re-election fight next year, said he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped version.
Appearing next to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican, Heller announced his opposition to the legislation, highlighting the Better Care Act's proposed substantial cuts to Medicaid. It would repeal Obama's signature health care law, including its requirement that all Americans sign up for insurance or pay a penalty for not doing so.
"I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates", he said. That's what I want.
"We made a lot of progress".
Under Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, states were eligible to expand their Medicaid programs - providing health insurance to low-income people. That expansion program would begin being phased out in 2021, and fully repealed three years later.
House bill: Planned Parenthood would face 1-year Medicaid funding freeze. Sens. Paul Rand, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee said they weren't weren't "ready" to vote yes, but were open to negotiating. "Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what's really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did". "They'd like to get certain changes".
The group said in a statement Friday it's encouraged that the Senate bill would take immediate action to stabilize shaky insurance markets by guaranteeing billions of dollars in subsidies under jeopardy due to a legal dispute and political maneuvering.
Pleasing both moderates and conservatives in the Senate may prove more hard.