Five GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote on the bill before congress leaves for its July 4th holiday. If three Republican Senators vote no on the Senate legislation, the measure will fail. "Well, they're also four good guys, four friends of mine, and I think that they'll probably get there", he said.

With unanimous opposition from Democrats, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail on the bill.

Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid. A fourth said he anxious the process was rushed. It eliminates the individual mandate that forced people to get health insurance, repeals Obamacare taxes on insurers and the wealthy, and gives states more power to administer their own Medicaid programs. "The program has been a great success and a model for other states to follow".

At that point, he told his Facebook fans "it's possible" if they speak up. "Action is absolutely vital".

"We're anxious about the burden it creates for the states", Kristine Grow, spokeswoman at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said on Friday.

McConnell has said he's willing to make changes to win support, and in the week ahead, plenty of back-room bargaining is expected as he tries pushing a final package through the Senate. And while Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have expressed concerns about language in the bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood, that demand, too, could potentially be addressed in order to earn their votes. "They are living healthier and happier lives because of that decision - I don' think that can be overstated enough". Danielson said jokes aside, passing this bill would mean taking away important services from them.

On Sunday, Johnson described himself as "not a "yes" yet".

"This bill that's now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer", Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas.

The Congressional Budget Office has yet to release estimates on the Senate health care bill.

He says: "I would like to delay the thing".

"Page by page, this Republican plan forces Americans to pay more for less, less comprehensive health care coverage", said Sen. "It is obstruction", Trump said, as he singled out top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer for attack: "I saw Senator Schumer criticising the bill a couple weeks ago and he had no idea what was in the bill".

Cantwell is hoping to organize opposition to the bill. Heller said he thought the bill would harm the elderly, the disabled and people battling substance abuse, adding that he is "not confident" it will lower costs for consumers.