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American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference with Democratic senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

GOP lawmakers mixed on health care bill as both sides work to keep their campaign promises


Heavy hitters from both the left and the right share mixed reactions after Senate Republicans unveiled a draft of their long-awaited health care bill Thursday.

Despite running on a seemingly clear campaign promise  to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, top Senate Republicans face an increasingly narrow path to get rid of the Obama-era regulation.

Across the aisle Democrats are holding tight on their fight to keep key parts of Obamacare. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the legislation.

Senator Rand Paul explains why he opposes the Senate health care bill.

Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information.
Sens. Cruz, Johnson, Lee, Paul on health bill

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul R-Ky) issued a joint statement Thursday in response to the bill saying the latest draft doesn't make good on the promise "to repeal Obamacare and lower (Americans') healthcare costs."

Meanwhile, some Dems are using this opportunity to enforce why Obamacare should stay.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says the bill belongs in the trash can.

Minority Leader Schumer declared the Senate bill worse than the House version.

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