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26 June 2017, 03:29 | Laverne Osborne

But the measure so far has failed to garner enough support to pass with only Republican votes - although the party has a majority in the Senate - after a handful of GOP lawmakers revolted.

From the right of the party, four senators - Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Rand Paul - are expressing their intention to vote against the bill on grounds that it does not go far enough in unpicking the ACA, known colloquially as Obamacare. "It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else". "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said.

But Johnson did not say whether, if forced to vote on the bill, he would vote "no". "But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders.

The 142-page measure, released Thursday, would end Obamacare's penalties for people who don't buy insurance, cut back an expansion of Medicaid, but would keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions, compared to the House-passed bill.

Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form.

He told ABC's This Week that the Republicans have "at best, a 50-50 chance".

"There's no way we should not be voting on this next week", he said on Meet the Press. "It's going to be very hard to get me to 'yes, '" said Heller, viewed as the Senate Republican most at risk in the 2018 midterm election. So McConnell will need support from at least 50 of his 52 senators to pass the bill. That obviously means he isn't a firm no because he could easily change his mind as the bill is amended in the coming days - or as Johnson himself put it, he's "not a yes yet" - but for now he's a problem for those who really want this thing to go through.

Trump toned down the Fox News reporter's question, saying, "I don't see him leading it".

President Donald Trump is taking his obligatory swipes at Democrats opposing the Senate health care bill, but balking Republicans are the ones who can expect to feel the most heat. But now that it's actually happening, I still find it hard to believe.

The Trump administration is reminding the Republicans that the Senate bill fulfills several 2016 campaign promises.

"Well, he (Obama) used my term, 'mean, '" Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday on Fox & Friends, adding that "I want to see a (health care) bill with heart". "They're not addressing the root cause", he said, referring to rising healthcare costs.

Collins, who also opposes proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood, said she would await an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before taking a final position on the bill.

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