Those senators — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah — dislike the Senate GOP bill because they do not feel it goes far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose only two Republicans and still pass the measure.
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Republicans are ideologically divided, spread between conservatives who fundamentally don’t believe in the government’s role in health care and moderates who think Obamacare was a step in the right direction.
The bill takes major steps to roll back provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but stops short of the severity of the House’s bill. In both bills, the spending cuts made by Medicaid and other programs would go to fund a substantial tax cut for the health care industry and the rich.