Sen. Johnson: More time needed to evaluate health care bill

McConnell might have preferred that he temper his criticism a bit, though.

The senator also said that he wants to bring down insurance premiums, which the bill doesn't do. And he says the bill is "a thinly disguised attempt to gift billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very richest few Americans".

According to Zwillich, the changes to the tax credits would not go into effect until 2020.

While neither of Louisiana's Republican U.S. senators has committed to back the Senate GOP health plan, advocacy groups seeking to keep the current federal law intact have their focus squarely on only one of them: physician Bill Cassidy.

"The public at large is deeply skeptical about the repeal-and-replace plan, with support among the Republican base hanging in but slipping and in danger of falling further", says Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Through that expansion, millions have gained coverage.

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Cory Gardner of Colorado and John Thune of South Dakota quickly scurried into another health care meeting on Capitol Hill. The CBPP concluded that the Senate's working version has " virtually the same overall harmful impacts as the House bill".

"It's simply not the answer", the Nevada Republican said at a news conference alongside Gov. Brian Sandoval in Las Vegas. While McConnell's bill curtails the program at a slower rate than the House version, it ultimately cuts deeper, which has prompted senators whose states expanded Medicaid to raise red flags.

The measure calls for reducing money for Medicaid.

Menendez gave his remarks at the Newark Community Health Center, a federally-funded health clinic where over 60 percent of patients rely on Medicaid to fund treatment.

Other Republicans in the Senate are reserving their complete support, saying they require more time to digest the 142-page bill and consider its implications. Many Republicans have long fought that organization because it provides abortions.

"Someone has to pay for these people one way or another", she said, "So, it has to be done, I think, in a fairer way than what Republicans are proposing, one that doesn't just shift the burden to states or the people who need the health care the most". Younger buyers could purchase cheaper policies that don't cover pre-existing conditions or all essential benefits.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the House version of bill would leave 23 million people uninsured. The House of Representatives' initial bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act had to be pulled before ever reaching the floor due to lack of support, particularly from the House Freedom Caucus. It has come under widespread criticism from Democrats and helped prompt some moderate House Republicans to vote against the measure. Several other Republicans, including moderate Susan Collins of ME, are still undecided about the legislation.