GOP has chance to show us on health bill

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"It takes three Republican senators to break away" and vote against the bill to block it, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told The Hill's Molly K. Hooper.

"The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this failed law", McConnell said, referring to Obamacare.

If the Senate bill is similar to the House version, it would only allow people with pre-existing conditions to keep coverage if there are no lapses between insurance policies; otherwise, insurers would be allowed to deny them coverage, erasing a key provision of the ACA.

Other details about the direction Senate Republicans were heading became a little bit more clear. "People across the country are suffering pain and the pain is getting worse as insurance companies are pulling out".

A poll released Wednesday shows 49 percent of Americans disapprove of the healthcare bill proposed by Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Many GOP senators, however, remain skeptical of the party's approach.

"I've told him, unless I have the input from my constituents, unless I have got the information I need to justify a yes vote, I won't be voting yes", Johnson said.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have been invoking a procedural rule to delay action on the measure.

The way the legislation is progressing in the Senate-shorn of the ordinary committee process and public hearings-has only added to some lawmakers' frustrations. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the bill will be up for a vote next week.

The survey, conducted by the University of Maryland's Program for Public Consultation, found that 63 percent of voters in "very red" districts opposed the American Health Care Act while voters in "red" or "leans red" districts were against it 63 percent and 60 percent, respectively.

The trick has been crafting legislation that appeals to conservatives without alienating moderates. Much of the battle has been over how quickly to phase out the Medicaid expansion that took place under Obamacare.

In the Senate, moderates including Senator Shelley Moore Capito have argued for a long, seven-year phase-out to the Medicaid expansion that happened under Obamacare.

Besides Lee, two other conservatives were also complaining.

"It would not be in the direct sense that it was proposed in the House, but I think there are ways to address the concerns of members including my own", Tillis said. "If we are to answer to the American people, it is imperative we pay close attention to the legislation we pass". The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said last month that Republicans did that in their House bill.

"I haven't seen the bill", said Lee. It estimated that under the House plan 23 million people would lose their health coverage by 2026 in an effort to cut the federal deficit.

They resumed the live feed after coming back from speaking off-camera with CBO Director Keith Hall, who they said could neither provide the Senate bill's score nor confirm that the CBO is working on it.

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