In a speech Thursday from the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., characterized the ACA as a failure that "teeters, literally teeters, on the edge of total collapse". Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he added: "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points".
"Obamacare is collapsing around us, and the American people are desperately searching for relief", Senate Majority Leader and chief architect of the plan Mitch McConnell explained as the reason for the bill. 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. She said she had to wait two years after symptoms of the disease appeared to receive a diagnosis because she couldn't afford to see a neurologist. Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years.
The Trump-Obama debate is mirrored by lawmakers who took to the Sunday shows to discuss the health care imbroglio, including disputes within the Republican caucus.
"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues. But proposals eliminate the taxes that were imposed on high-income Americans to help pay for an expansion of health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
If Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are successful, one of the biggest winners would be the wealthy.
Sen. Sanders meanwhile is now on a tour across multiple states to rally opposition to the bill.
Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens.
Sens. Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee said publicly on Thursday that they are not ready to vote for the bill as is, although they are open to negotiations to change it. Some Republican senators say the bill doesn't go far enough and are calling for a complete repeal.
In the interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.
"I want to get to yes, and the way to get to yes is to fix the underlying problems".
Dean Heller of Nevada also said he doesn't support the bill, but because of its cuts to Medicaid and his worries that it will not lower insurance premiums for people.
The Senate and House bills would eliminate this so-called net investment income tax and make the repeal retroactive to January 1, 2017.
The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month.
The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.
Even Mr Obama wrote: I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not ideal, nor could it be the end of our efforts.