McConnell was unveiling his plan even as GOP senators from across the party's political spectrum complained about the package and the secretive, behind-closed-doors meetings he used to draft a measure reshaping the country's medical system, which comprises one-sixth of the USA economy. The Senate's draft of the AHCA may be a slightly gentler attack than the House bill, but still an attack nonetheless.
For weeks, 13 GOP senators have been meeting in secret on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare", the clunky 2010 law, passed exclusively with Democratic votes.
The poll, which surveyed 2,051 registered voters, was conducted from Thursday to Sunday and has a 2 percent margin of error.
Watch for how this bill deals with Medicaid, health care taxes and credits to purchase insurance. The bill could still change a bit in order to garner the 50 necessary votes for it to pass, but what that means for Medicaid is anybody's guess.
The onus is now on the Republican-led Senate to pass a version of that act that can be reconciled with the House document. Those subsidies would be determined by income and the amount of premiums people pay. The results of a CBS News poll released yesterday (June 20) shows that 73 percent of those asked think that the bill should be discussed publicly-including 56 percent of Republican voters.
So far, the White House's embrace of Senate strategy shows some growth from the five-month-old administration.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is scheduled to present the draft bill to Republican senators on Thursday.
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Under the House plan, an estimated number of 23 million people are at risk of losing their healthcare, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
"There is an urgency to get this done because of the continued collapse of the Obama healthcare law", senator John Barrasso, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, told CNN.
The bill also would cut, by more than $800 billion over a decade, Medicaid, the public program of health coverage for the very poor, elderly or disabled.
"No one has shared it, we used to complain like hell when the democrats ran the Affordable Care Act now they're... we're doing the same thing", said Arizona Republican Sen. Among them, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed the most concerned about the direction the GOP Senate was heading.
"We believe we can do better than the Obamacare status quo, and we fully intend to do so", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday.
"We've been talking about this so long, everybody kind of knows what the ideas are. I'm not open to Obamacare lite". That's a change from the House bill, which drew criticism from health policy experts who said a repeal of community rating would allow insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions more. Moderates including Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have expressed concern that the measure would cause many to lose coverage.
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