Senate Republican leaders unveiled a draft of their bill to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday and argued it would eliminate job-killing taxes enacted under the 7-year-old health law.
"The emerging Senate bill, which is largely mirroring the House bill, would scale back the Medicaid program, and then the coverage levels that were even in place pre-Affordable Care Act would be rolled back as well", Park said. Crowds chanted "No cuts to Medicaid - save our liberty!" among other things.
Referencing negative comments made by some Republican senators about the suggested bill, Democratic Sen. The Senate's version of the bill can be brought up for a vote after a CBO score tallied and will most likely come to the floor next week.
"Taken together, this is a bad deal for New Hampshire and a bad deal for the American people", Shaheen said in a statement. The four said there are provisions that are an improvement to the current health care system.
Schumer charged that the Senate bill failed to match up to the president's stated hope.
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"I am pleased that we were able to arrive at a draft that incorporates inputs from so many different members who represent so many different constituents who are facing so many different challenges", McConnell said after unveiling the bill.
Such is their majority in the Senate, Republicans can afford to lose two Senators and still see the bill approved when it is voted on next week.
During the political turmoil, dozens of citizens flooded the hallway of one of the Senate office buildings to protest cuts to Medicaid in the Senate Republicans' health care bill.
There are several Senators who have not publicly or outright opposed the draft bill, but still have problems with how the 142-page draft has been written.
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Democrats were quick to point out that they were not involved in any capacity with the drafting of the new health care bill, which Republicans drafted under reconciliation behind closed doors and out-of-committee hearings.
The Senate bill essentially ends Obama's expansion of Medicaid, costing up to 400,000 Arizonans coverage within about six years.
Obamacare allowed people making between 138 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line to receive tax credits towards purchasing individual insurance on insurance exchanges.
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Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. However, the tax cuts are very similar to those in the House bill passed last month, though some would be delayed to pay for more generous benefits. She's being arrested for protesting ACA repeal outside McConnell's office.