President Trump admits to calling the bill "mean."Most of his top advisers have little Washington experience - and it's showed.
Like the House legislation, the Senate bill would impose major changes to Medicaid and curtail its growth over time and also would repeal the individual mandate. McConnell is not a fan of unnecessary conversation and plays his cards close to his chest, which can create the impression that he has a secret plan up his sleeve when that's not the case.
The House bill would change Medicaid in two main ways.
As growing opposition imperiled passage of the Senate version of the health care bill, leaders of the conservative Koch network voiced sharp criticism of the legislation at their donor retreat here - stating that the bill needed dramatic changes before they would support it. "He will tell you from the health care experience that he's talked to nearly every single member".
The continuous coverage provision was noticeably omitted from the Senate's draft, but aides said they were working behind the scenes to add it.
But the Senate is even more complicated and Trump's lack of interest in the nitty-gritty details of legislation is a liability.
"I want to see a bill with heart", he said, confirming a switch from his laudatory statements about the House bill at a Rose Garden ceremony with House Republican leaders last month. The Senate GOP unveiled its proposal Thursday. "They are living healthier and happier lives because of that decision - I don' think that can be overstated enough".
The healthcare bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could be in trouble now that a handful of Senate Republicans said they won't support the current form of the bill.
In addition, it calls for extra federal funding to be awarded to states for addiction and mental health treatment, services covered by Medicaid.
"Let's take the time and try and get it right", he told Mr Hewitt, and "give people a chance to find out exactly what's in this Senate bill". And it would keep more of Obamacare's insurance regulations than the House legislation. Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of OH, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
The Koch network has strongly opposed the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare - arguing that by adding people to the rolls, the quality of care for the most vulnerable Medicaid recipients has plummeted.
Economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a longtime GOP adviser, says the Republican approach is "180 degrees different in its economic and budgetary philosophy", from the course steered by Obama.
Senate leaders have set a goal of passing the healthcare measure by the end of this week, ahead of the July 4 congressional recess, which would then send it back to the House.
"This bill is the best path to immediate relief for patients in 2018", he said in a press release issued Thursday.
One thing the Senate plan would do would be to make subsidized coverage through the exchange markets available to people now in what is called a "coverage gap" - those who make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for subsidized policies on the exchange markets.