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Senate Republican leaders Thursday released their revised bill to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, but they acknowledged that furious days of negotiation have not yet secured the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure over unanimous Democratic objections. Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky are definite "no" votes on the revised GOP bill, but several other Republicans are undecided. John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, both of whom had criticized the bill in recent days.

In a statement, AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, said "the revised bill does not address the key concerns of physicians and patients regarding proposed Medicaid cuts and inadequate subsidies that will result in millions of Americans losing health insurance coverage". "No member of Congress wants to be the vote that scuttles a major initiative of the party or of the president", Karpowitz said. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would allow insurers to offer bare-bones plans in states as long as they offer at least one plan that abides by the requirements imposed by Obamacare, including covering a list of essential health benefits.

Another Republican, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, said he likes that the latest bill would provide more funding to help low-income people move off Medicaid and into the private market.

After U.S. Senate Republican leaders unveiled the latest version of its health care bill Thursday, Sen. A nonpartisan government agency has estimated an earlier version of the bill would trim almost US$800 billion in federal spending for Medicaid over 10 years. With "something that's really good and that people are going to like" - and by being "very angry" if the Senate, which is expected to take up the issue again next week, fails to present a really good, eminently likable something to him. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen.

"A lot of conservatives, Heritage Action included, desperately wanted to hold the line to make sure the Medicaid portion wasn't watered down in the Senate", said Dan Holler, vice president of Heritage Action for America, a conservative advocacy group.

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Sen. Rand Paul: "The new bill is the same as the old bill - except for worse".

Opposition to the Medicaid cuts was highlighted Thursday when moderate state Republican lawmakers were joined at Phoenix Children's Hospital by a Phoenix Chamber of Commerce official and a physician who highlighted the costs to the state of the rollbacks.

Both Kasich and Baker have urged Congress to adopt a bipartisan approach to health care reform.

The House has already passed a new health care plan, although that measure won't pass the Senate as approved in the House.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will be "very angry" if Republicans - now struggling to cobble together sufficient support - fail to pass health care reform legislation.

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