Senate Medicaid spending limits may lose moderate Republicans

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U.S. Senate Republicans plan to unveil the text of their draft healthcare bill on Thursday as senators struggle over issues such as the future of the Medicaid program for the poor and bringing down insurance costs.

Lacking the votes to block this year's GOP effort, Democrats are looking to score political points by targeting the closely held process Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is using to write legislation replacing much of Obama's statute.

"No one knows the Senate better than McConnell", one White House official said when asked about Trump's involvement, an acknowledgment that he is taking the lead.

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that he has not seen the Senate version of the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, but "I'm sure the Russians" have.

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they've yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they'll need to avert an embarrassing defeat.

"I think they've forgotten all the rallies where we said we're going to repeal it".

The effort is one of President Donald Trump's and the GOP's top priorities, but internal divisions have slowed its progress through the Republican-controlled Congress. Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong, and say the Republican effort would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.

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The House of Representatives already has passed its version of an Obamacare repeal.

"What I've told leadership very clearly is I'm going to need time, and my constituents are going to need time to evaluate exactly how this is going to affect them". McConnell is heading a committee of 13 Republican senators that will work on the bill.

Majorities of voters in both Democratic and Republican districts questioned for the Maryland poll oppose the AHCA provision that would give states the power to allow insurers to offer health plans that do not include certain minimum health benefits, as well as the provisions that would tend to reduce Medicaid coverage.

The Senate would end the tax penalties Obama's law created for people not buying insurance and larger employers not offering coverage to workers.

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said that the legislation should be debated "in the open".

"I haven't seen it yet, either", Utah Sen. That might satisfy Republican senators from states that expanded their programs, but conservatives have wanted to halt the extra expenditures quickly. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said during a call with reporters on Tuesday that the proposed Medicaid cuts would come at a time when opioid addiction is increasing and taking more lives.

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