Trump said he does not think Republicans voicing objections to the party's proposal are "that far off" from supporting it.
Schumer said Democrats have made clear they would be willing to work with Republicans to pass a Senate bill if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.
But tweaks to appease the four conservatives could alienate Heller and other moderates, or vice versa.
Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.
"( N) ow we're finally beginning to see why Senate Republican leaders have been hiding their shameful #Trumpcare bill for so long", he wrote. The AHCA disguises discrimination as flexibility and makes health care less accessible and more expensive for those who need it most.
No Democrat worth his or her upper-case letter "D" will vote for a measure that hands generous tax cuts to the rich and the health industries, forces the poor off insurance rolls and eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood. And it gives sizeable tax cuts to the wealthy.
A major goal of Republican "reforms" is to greatly reduce the Medicaid program.
Some of the steepest cuts would be to the commonwealth's Medicaid expansion, which covers 716,000 lower-income people statewide.
"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", said Heller.
The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted earlier by the House.
But Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Avalere Health, says the bill bases its tax credits on lower-quality insurance."If you're paying a similar percentage of income, you're getting a less generous product under this new plan", she says. And that's precisely what the Senate bill did! It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. Heller's seat is up for reelection next year, and a Democrat won Nevada's other Senate seat by a 2.4 percent margin in 2016.
Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen. His office said Friday the senator had no further comment for now.
"It was just released yesterday".
"We've a very good plan", Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
"I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on ABC. Obama insisted that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision. Paul said, "My hope is not to defeat the bill". But she added: "We have to fight and we must win".
In one instance, Sen. Each state has expanded Medicaid and has a GOP senator.
AP writer Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas. AP reporter Thomas Beaumont contributed from Des Moines, Iowa.