President Donald Trump said Thursday "a little negotiation" is needed to add more heart to the "very good" health care bill, as Senate Republicans finally publicly released their legislation.
Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans.
The CBPP's Greenstein echoed many analysts who were getting their first comprehensive look at the Senate plan on Thursday, saying, "I am stunned that overall the bill they have produced is harsher and will do even more damage than the House bill". "The deep cuts to Medicaid are a disaster for downstate and Chicagoland areas as well".
Grassley said, "I'm glad this process is moving forward, given the problems that continue to get worse with the current law".More news: Frank Kush, who built ASU into a powerhouse, dies at 88
Graham said he feels "comfortable" that the Senate bill will not deny insurance coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions, a point of contention in the House measure.
The Tea Party-aligned group FreedomWorks also said in s statement that the bill doesn't live up to promises by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of a full repeal of the ACA.
The Senate bill would largely end the expansion of Medicaid that covers about 14 million Americans, cut the taxes that paid for expansion and end the insurance mandate for individuals and businesses.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy press secretary at the White House, declined to comment on Trump's reaction to proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood and Medicaid. That includes those who provide health care every single day - doctors, nurses, hospitals - and most importantly, the people who rely on our health care system.
"We urge the Senate to go back to the drawing board and develop legislation that continues to provide coverage to all Americans who now have it", AHA President Richard Pollack said in a statement on Thursday. The measure represents his attempt to satisfy GOP moderates and conservatives who've complained about the measure. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age. It would also eliminate the requirement for larger companies to provide health coverage to workers.
Most Americans actually get their health insurance through an employer and not through the government or health insurance exchanges.
Because it forced people to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Obamacare provided tax subsidies to help people - up to a certain income level - pay for it.