Trump says GOP isn't 'that far off' from passing health overhaul

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters following a GOP strategy session Tuesday

And in a separate statement, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the GOP Senate bill would hamper the state's progress in slowing the opioid epidemic, calling Medicaid the "number one tool" in the fight against opioids. McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation. "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans". The Fishtown couple said they won't be affected by GOP plans to replace Obamacare. "There are things in this bill which adversely affect my state that are peculiar to my state, a couple of things I'm concerned about", Cassidy said. The plan would repeal Obamacare taxes, restructure subsidies to insurance customers that are based on their incomes and phase out Medicaid's expansion program. "Well, they're also four good guys, four friends of mine, and I think that they'll probably get there", he said.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", Collins said in an interview with ABC's This Week. Rob Portman of OH said it doesn't provide enough funds for the opioid epidemic.

Another senator who has announced that he does not support the current version of the bill, Rand Paul of Kentucky, said he would back it if the Senate reached an impasse on healthcare.

"If our Republican colleagues were proud of this bill, there'd be a brass band down the middle of Fifth Avenue and every street in America", said Schumer, the Senate's minority leader. Nobody. And this leaves the GOP in the position of trying to make it look like they can still play Santa and hand out all the sugar without the slug of bitter medicine to follow. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday.

On Twitter this weekend, Trump urged the dissenting Republican senators to get behind the bill. Vice President Pence could then be called in to break the tie.

He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions.

The House approved its version of the bill last month.

He added he would like to delay the healthcare vote.

North Korea calls itself 'biggest victim' in death of Otto Warmbier
But Rodman's agent told ABC News said he asked for Warmbier's release on behalf of the former athlete three times before the trip. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is upset with Dennis over his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Other Republicans appeared more willing to embrace it.

On the other end, it would impose longer-term austerity on health spending to appeal to conservatives.

What lawmakers deem reform are cost-cutting measures that shift financial responsibility to the statehouse - and could force Montana's legislators into making tough calls on the type of coverage Montanans can access.

Conservatives meanwhile say that Medicaid expansion is drawn down too slowly and that states don't have enough flexibility to implement a state-run Medicaid program.

Under Obamacare, the federal government had guaranteed that its funding for adults newly eligible for Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act would fall to no lower than 90 percent of their costs. "Well, who is even going to pay for that?"

For older people in that income slice, the spike in premiums would be enormous, especially in higher-cost states like Alaska.

- Restricts subsidies that help lower-income families afford premiums. They want to get some points.

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