Senate GOP Healthcare bill

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Clinton's post reflects a column the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group, and Harvard researchers that suggest about 18,000 to 28,000 preventable deaths may occur by 2026 if this new policy causes people to lose healthcare coverage.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' health care bill.

President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the US Senate on Friday to mobilise support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage.

"This bill that's now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer", Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas.

That could mean weeks to come of negotiations to craft a bill that would not only satisfy the hardline conservatives in the Freedom Caucus, but also moderate Senate Republicans who are already wavering on a Senate bill that is less conservative than the AHCA. The North Carolina representative told reporters the Senate bill "does not have enough conservative support" to get by the House without changes. "If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party".

Republicans view the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, as a costly government intrusion and say individual insurance markets created by it are collapsing.

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"It's not that they're opposed", he said.

Although the measure is being billed as a way for Republicans to make good on their promise to repeal Obamacare, the bill also goes a long way to fulfilling a long-held goal by the GOP to slash entitlement spending while cutting taxes on the rich.

Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to criticize it in private as "mean". He indicated the Senate plan met that request.

The Senate bill maintains much of the structure of the House's but differs in key ways.

President Trump has urged lawmakers to pass the overhaul, which features billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, disabled and nursing home residents, and dramatic tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

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