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Nevada Senator Dean Heller announced he will not vote for the American Health Care Act as it is now written, making him the fifth GOP senator to say they won't vote for the bill since it was released Thursday morning. Two of the Republican women in the Senate, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are longtime defenders of Planned Parenthood. Indeed, candidate Trump had started out promising no cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

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Nevada Republican Dean Heller didn't mince words about the GOP's new health care bill in the Senate: "It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes".

Heller, who faces re-election in 2018 in the Democratic-leaning state, said on Friday: "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans".

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat.

Does McConnell have the votes?

The American Health Care Act, passed by the House of Representatives, would take health care away from 23 million Americans, including 777,000 Pennsylvanians. "That's what I want, make sure that we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada", said Heller.

Shane Foster, a union sheet metal worker says he's frustrated by the burden of not only the ever-increasing costs of insurance premiums but also his taxes.

While the bill, H.R. 1628, provides far more assistance to the poor and near-poor than the House bill, it's still substantially less generous overall than the Affordable Care Act. I don't think this kills the bill: Heller is the single most deserving of a lifeboat of any Republican senator, given his reelection circumstances, and McConnell may well have given him the nod to go ahead with this statement.

"If you have low-priced insurance, you go back to what you had before the Affordable Care Act, where you have plans that have all sorts of exclusions from coverage or you have to pay an extra amount", Giaimo said. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration in the U.S. Senate will reduce vital services to children, seniors or adults with disabilities. The bill would also cut taxes for high-income Americans. It would allow insurers to cover fewer benefits and repeal tax boosts on wealthier people that help finance the statute's expanded coverage. "I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill", Mr Paul told MSNBC on Friday.

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.

"I am disappointed that Congress did not include us in the consideration of this bill and we have not seen it until today", he said. "We'll have to see".

Senate GOP leaders unveiled the 142-page proposed ACA replacement Thursday.

Collins said she thinks the process could have been a lot better.

The new bill is meant to walk a delicate line in its relatively modest tweaks to the measure that passed the House last month.

Is the Senate version less "mean" than the House bill, to use President Trump's description of that earlier effort?