More than 400,000 people in Louisiana would lose Medicaid coverage—public health insurance for low-income people—if the bill passes.

Ted Cruz, a conservative, is opposing the bill because it doesn’t do enough to give private insurance companies a free hand.

US Senator Jerry Moran’s state is rural, and rural areas tend to rely more on government subsidies to provide health coverage.

Almost a third of the population in West Virginia is enrolled in Medicaid, the highest of any US state.

Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Alaska is also a rural state with a health care system supported by federal subsidies.

There’s also the biggest paper in Ohio, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, that highlighted the law in its Friday edition. Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, is opposing the law, while Republican senator Rob Portman is viewed as a key vote to win moderates over to the bill.

The July 1, 2017 front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The July 1, 2017 front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Image: Cleveland Plain Dealer

All in all, it hasn’t been the happiest homecoming for Republican lawmakers. It remains to be seen whether any of these sentiments make the return trip to the capital with them next week.

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