The Senate bill maintains much of the structure of the House's but differs in key ways. Bernie Sanders went so far to call it "by far the most harmful piece of legislation [he's] seen in [his] lifetime".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to keep moderates and conservatives on board.
Sens. Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee said publicly on Thursday that they are not ready to vote for the bill as is, although they are open to negotiations to change it. Hutchinson did not say if he supports or opposes the bill.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. Many Republicans oppose the group because it provides abortions, the AP said.
Trump has spoken favorably about both the House-passed bill and the Senate version unveiled this week, though he declared several times as he ramped up his campaign for the presidency that he would not cut Medicaid. For ordinary Americans, any gains from lower taxes would be eaten up by the rocketing cost of health care. Like the House bill, it would repeal virtually all the tax increases imposed by the Affordable Care Act to pay for the program itself.
Sen. Jeff Flake's home state of Arizona could lose at least $7.1 billion through 2026 under the Senate proposal to roll back former President Barack Obama's health care law.
"We live in the wealthiest country on earth". Numerous companies help manage state Medicaid programs, meaning their profits can be hurt by those cuts as well. It gives the state the same ultimatum the House gave: Either the state picks up the county share of costs, or it will lose federal funding worth the same amount. Members from the right and left ends of the Republican Party's spectrum have criticized the measure, with some denouncing its steep cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts and others saying it's too similar to the ACA. According to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, 210,000 Nevada residents were covered by Medicaid thanks to the its expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
On Thursday, Obama weighed in on Facebook, writing: "If there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm".
"We're concerned that it would lead to dramatic cuts in services or dramatic cuts in the number of beneficiaries who would rely on Medicaid", said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for AHIP. About 11 million Americans gained coverage under Obamacare's Medicaid expansion provision.
The Senate measure would phase out the extra money Obama provided to expand the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled to millions of additional low earners. "And policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandates so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford", McConnell said.