Lisa Desjardins begins our coverage.
"Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo - they deserve better care", he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the bill won't be released until next week. Medicaid cuts could indeed save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade and need not be overly draconian in order to do so.
The Reform movement sharply criticized a Republican bill in the Senate that would repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act and make severe cuts to Medicaid. This money is used to operate 650 health care centers nationwide.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.
Democrats unanimously oppose the measure.
"This bill may change, but Republicans will only be putting lipstick on a devastating blow to Americans' health care", said Sen.
The Senate bill targets insurance subsidies to lower-income Americans, which the House bill did not do. "I think that's very good", Ryan said.
Ryan said he would not "armchair quarterback" the Senate process because Senate leaders didn't do that during hard negotiations in the House. The last thing I want to do is play armchair quarterback with them.
The House and Senate bills contain two identical anti-abortion provisions. As Medicaid became more costly, payments by the states to doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers dropped.
Unlike the House version, the Senate bill would not offer states the option to free insurers to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. The current bill does not repeal Obamacare.
That means at least 50 of the 52 Republican Senators have to get on board. Capitol police made about 43 arrests and were seen dragging uncooperative protestors out of the building.
Sens. Cruz and Lee were supposed to help write the bill. If they have objections to the provisions, we can debate them.
LISA DESJARDINS: Those negotiations started instantly.
Roughly 70 million people in America rely on this government funding to get access to care, and losing it could have a drastic impact on the overall health of Americans.
The long-awaited Senate version of the plan to repeal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was released Friday to a round of criticism and some applause.