The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office rated the plan and said 22 million fewer Americans would be insured by the Republican plan than Obamacare by 2026. He can only afford to lose two Republican votes in the face of Democratic opposition.
The bill had been lined up for a vote in the Senate this week but GOP leaders chose to delay the vote until after the Fourth of July holiday because it didn't appear to have enough votes to pass. There's conservatives like myself who don't want new federal programs, we want to repeal ObamaCare.
"The bill overall puts a lot more burden on the state to make choices", said Bill Custer, a health care policy expert at Georgia State University.
"We're going to talk and we're going to see what we can do", he said Tuesday.
Rod Hochman, M.D., CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, said in an interview with National Public Radio that "it's not the time to eviscerate a program that was started back in 1965", and that much of the discussion on health reform ignores the crucial Medicaid portion.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is delaying the vote on the Senate health care bill - originally slated to take place before the July 4 holiday - while a number of GOP senators remain opposed to their own party's unpopular proposal.
Republicans in the legislature say the Medicaid enrollment freeze helps limit costs and continues to provide health insurance for low-income people. He celebrated with GOP Congress members in May when they narrowly passed their version of a replacement bill. Moderate Republicans anxious millions of people would lose their insurance. An additional 24 percent said that they have not heard enough about it and 3 percent are unsure.
Those who would be most vulnerable under the Republican Senate health care bill would be adults under 65, the elderly, the working poor on Medicaid, the middle class, women, those who use mental health services, and those with disabilities and pre-existing conditions.
Senator Susan Collins of ME, one of the most moderate Senators in the GOP conference, says that she can not support the bill in its current form.
Virginia's two U.S. senators and the state senator representing Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County have serious concerns about the impact of the U.S. Senate health care bill. After complaining bitterly about the government's intrusion in the market then, Republicans are pushing a bill that will cause massive disruptions in coverage, insurance markets, state budgets, nursing homes, and rural hospitals.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump blasted news media who reported that he wasn't deeply involved in mounting healthcare reform - which has been an unsuccessful venture for his administration so far.
The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, proposed Trump call all 100 senators to Blair House across the street from the White House to craft a bipartisan bill fixing Obamacare but Trump said did not think Schumer's offer was serious. Paul added. "Do the repeal, which no Democrat will vote for".