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"But I think we're going to get it". He noted that there "isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", and that to say otherwise would be a "lie".

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said. "Well, I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years", he said.

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans", he said at a news conference in Las Vegas, standing next to Nevada's Republican governor, Brian Sandoval. "I have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid", Senator Dean Heller, his party's most vulnerable incumbent in the 2018 elections, said of his constituents.

The bill would make significant changes to the Affordable Care Act, which Obama signed into law over seven years ago. Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and deliver a bitter defeat for the president. The Michigan Democrat believes the Senate bill would cut coverage while increasing costs.

That's not sitting well with GOP Sen.

The doubts about the latest plan from Washington came from Republicans, Democrats and the nation's one independent governor. The apparent loss of Heller means that leadership is now within two votes of the bill failing.

McConnell may have made some intentional omissions in the "discussion draft" he released on Thursday so that senators can be seen securing public victories in return for their support. They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Ron Johnson is one of the five GOP senators who have publicly declared they won't vote for the American Health Care Act as it's now written.

Few saw the announcement as a statement of complete resistance to the bill. "But I think they're going to get there".

The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its score of the bill early next week, estimating how many millions of Americans stand to lose their insurance.

The four Republican holdouts, among the Senate's most conservative members, said the plan did not go far enough in scaling back the federal government's role, highlighting Republicans' struggle to craft legislation to revamp a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the world's largest economy. It contains, at minimum, Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "That's really where Obamacare fails".

  • Larry Hoffman