As the U.S. Senate works on its version of a bill to replace Obamacare, a new report indicates that the Republican-backed plan called the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, lacks majority support across all states including the most conservative ones.

As the U.S. Senate works on its version of a bill to replace Obamacare, a new report indicates that the Republican-backed plan called the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, lacks majority support across all states including the most conservative ones. 
The New York Times conducted this research by analyzing data from several different polls and factoring in state and demographic profiles. 
According to the publication, “Across all the states that voted for President Trump last year, we estimate that support for the A.H.C.A. is rarely over 35 percent.” 
And even the states that appear to have the most backing for the bill–like Oklahoma, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida–the percentage of residents who oppose it is still higher. 
A separate poll supports these findings, with CNBC reporting that the recent survey found “62 percent of American voters disapprove of the Republican health-care plan, compared with just 17 percent who approve of it.”
The House bill, which cuts back on federal Medicaid spending and replaces Obama-era subsidies with tax credits, has been estimated by the CBO to cause 23 million more people to lose their insurance by 2026. 
CBS News reports that several prominent groups have since spoken out against it including the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.
President Trump is also said to have recently called the House health care bill “mean,” according to news outlets which were told about his comments to Republican senators by inside sources. 
While it was unclear which specific elements of the bill he was referring to, insiders told CNN that Trump seemed to be particularly supportive of adding more funding to the bill in order to better protect enrollees. 
These comments represent a departure from a speech he gave on May 4 when he called the recently passed plan “great.” 
While the details of the Senate’s health care proposal are still unknown, Republican lawmakers reportedly hope to finalize their version soon so it can be graded by the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, and voted on before the July 4 break. 

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