Five GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it

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Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form. Some Republican senators say the bill doesn't go far enough and are calling for a complete repeal.

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday that she has extreme reservations about the Senate health-care bill. Mike Lee. Heller is the first, however, to oppose the current bill from a moderate policy perspective.

"She has been living in a group home for 21 years, all their funding comes from Medicaid", Stuart said.

The measure calls for reducing money for Medicaid.

"We don't have the courage in Washington, the honesty, to talk about this issue with real facts", he said.

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. McConnell has said multiple times that he will press for a vote before the Senate leaves town for the Fourth of July recess, and it looks as though he has a lot of bargaining to do in the meantime.

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In addition, the Senate plan calls for growing spending for the traditional Medicaid program more slowly than the House version, which critics say would force states to make cuts.

"We're concerned that it would lead to dramatic cuts in services or dramatic cuts in the number of beneficiaries who would rely on Medicaid", said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for AHIP.

The Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is in trouble after a fifth Republican senator came out against it. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill. She said she intends to wait for a Congressional Budget Office analysis before making a decision.

But in his interview on Sunday, Trump seemed confident in the contents of the Senate's bill, as well as its passage - although he predicted some changes to placate the senators that are now not supporting the legislation. "It's too much, too fast with too great a burden on the states".

Democrats hope to use those rules to erase some language from the bill, including a section barring consumers from using the measure's health care tax credits to buy insurance that covers abortions.

Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to criticise it in private as "mean".

Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.

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