Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also announced he would vote no on the procedural motion.
The proposal, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would still change Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement program to a program with fixed funding levels for states. "What we don't want is junk insurance", said Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Sen.
The bill includes a version of an amendment proposed by Sen.
Insurers don't have to cover birth control under GOP's revised health bill
Sen. Orrin Hatch said the plan isn't ideal but does enough to fulfill the GOP's vow to repeal and replace Obamacare.
'But, unfortunately, the practicality is we have to pas a bill and if you vote no on this bill, it's essentially a vote for Obamacare, because that's what we're going to be left with, ' Cornyn said.
The draft leaves numerous Obamacare taxes in place, including on high-income earners, while allowing Americans to buy less expensive plans, which offer fewer medical services. "And I don't think the federal government should be subsidizing insurance companies - they're very successful, 15 billion dollars in profit".
"This is the Senate leadership's third swing at replacement legislation and they have officially struck out.The Senate should drop this plan and start working to help and not hurt America's families. There are some things in the bill that, given my preferences, I would do very differently", Hatch said in a speech on the Senate floor.
"I'm trying to get a bill that will lock down Republican governors", Graham said.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said: "This remains a stumbling, shameful and craven exercise to pass a tax bill in the guise of a health care bill".
As in the previous version, this draft eliminates a fundamental principle of Obamacare - the requirement that nearly everyone obtain health insurance or face fines, according to a summary of the bill released by the Senate Budget Committee.