Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists he wants a vote before the Fourth of July recess, leaving GOP leaders one week to win over more votes. No Democrats are expected to support either the House or Senate versions.
"Not only Heller, but Sandoval is a great governor", Kasich said.
Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.
McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two GOP senators and still pass the bill - and that would necessitate a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence.
With five Republican Senators already in opposition and more than a dozen signaling wariness, a legislative victory is anything but a sure thing.
The measure resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans.
Collins says another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts.
McConnell said in an interview with Reuters last month that he told Trump early on in the process that he did not need his help but that there may be a role for him later.
Lynch said the shift in Medicaid funding - from 50-50 state and federal funding to roughly 70 percent funded by states - will be particularly devastating to states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in recent years, including MA, saying: "Medicaid expansion, that'll kill MA".
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"It's going to be very hard to get me to a 'yes, '" Heller said Friday.
Trump has spoken favorably about both the House-passed bill and the Senate version unveiled this week, though he declared several times as he ramped up his campaign for the presidency that he would not cut Medicaid.
Former President Barack Obama wrote in a Facebook post Thursday, "Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family -- this bill will do you harm". That program is jointly funded by the states and the federal government. "It's so easy. But we won't get one Democrat vote, not one".
"We've a very good plan, " Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen.
"What you don't want to have is a situation where you're saying we're going to have everybody, regardless of their health problems, come in, and then have all the healthy people exit the market", said health policy expert Linda Blumberg of the Urban Institute. They may soften some aspects of the widely condemned House bill, but not its basic philosophy and goals. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. Look forward to making it really special! The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.
Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition.
Bob Casey made an appearance at the state Capitol to join state officials in condemning the latest healthcare bill. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and MoveOn.org were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover.
Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.