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Senate health bill faces 3 potential defections in current form

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Based on my conversations in the past hour since the text of the Senate GOP's health bill came out, I can expect that enough senators will come out against the bill this afternoon and ask for further negotiations.

  • I've spoken to three offices so far who say they won't support the bill in its current form.
  • An aide to a conservative Republican senator: "Conservatives most upset that basic structure of Obamacare left intact, with a huge insurer bailout added on."
  • Important caveats: Republicans who've been through this process before say that it's too early to tell until next week, and they want to see a CBO score, while sources close to leadership have long viewed the time from the release of the bill until floor votes as a giant working session.