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McConnell wants to push the package through the Senate next week, and will succeed if he can limit defections to two of the chamber's 52 Republicans.

But the Senate bill preserves a more popular piece of Obamacare: the requirement that insurance companies cover everyone, even those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Noting that he had spoken with Vice President Mike Pence and the Senate Republican leadership Friday morning, he said: "It's going to be hard to get me to a yes".

A handful of Republicans - more than Mr. McConnell can afford to lose - were quick to disparage the measure.

That could add Heller's name to Trump's call list.

"We've a very good plan, " Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Section 102 of the Senate bill-the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017-closely mirrors Section 202 of the House bill, with age- and means-tested tax credits up to 350 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Heller echoed his colleagues' sentiments on Friday.

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The 142-page draft, capping seven years of GOP promises to repeal Barack Obama's signature health care legislation, was released Thursday.

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has a challenge on unifying his party to successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"The Freedom Caucus strongly supports going to conference with the Senate on healthcare legislation", the source said. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky have said they are "not yet ready" to support the plan, although they are willing to negotiate changes that could get their backing.

"I think that they'll probably get there, we'll have to see", President Trump said.

"It's not that they're opposed". If they get sick down the road, they could just start buying insurance then. I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to view the Senate bill. A similar bill passed by the House has been panned by voters on both sides of the aisle, with polls showing about 8 in 10 people oppose the broad outlines of the G.O.P. plan. The Trump White House keeps talking about making government more "transparent". He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders. He indicated the Senate plan met that request. Four Republicans announced Thursday they could not support it as written. It would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid programme for the poor more gradually, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025.

Part of the Obama law was an offer to the states: If they would expand Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for low-income people, to able-bodied adults without children at home, the federal government would pick up the entire tab in the initial years.

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