WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMC) - It's been a much-anticipated wait – but Thursday the Senate Republicans released their version of a health care bill aimed to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
The Senate's health care bill aims to cut Medicaid. But, not everyone is happy about the proposed bill, including some Senate Republicans. According to the Associated Press, four GOP senators said they were not in favor and did not support the current proposed bill from the Senate, but they said they were open to negotiating changes. Those Senators are Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-Wis), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT).
Some lawmakers said the version of the bill, which includes reducing tax credits and allowing state waivers, is much like what passed in the House of Representatives.
Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) said the bill provides for 'fatally deep' cuts to Medicaid and defunds Planned Parenthood.
But many Republicans came to the defense of Trumpcare, including Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) who cited a list of benefits in the Senate bill.
Lawmakers such as Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss) praised the bill as a step toward small government.
The Senate's health care bill has been under attack since many lawmakers said the bill was created between a select few of the senators and was not made public until Thursday.
The House of Representatives approved its health care bill last month, but both houses will need to pass the same version of a health care bill before it heads to President Donald Trump for a signature.