WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Senate Republicans' health care bill (all times local):
Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy.
The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. They say in a statement that they are open to negotiation before the full Senate considers the measure.
The four say there are provisions that are an improvement to the current health care system. But they add that the measure fails to accomplish what they have promised to their constituents, "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs."
GOP leaders hope to vote on the bill next week and can only afford two defections from the 52 Senate Republicans.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he and three other Republican senators are preparing to announced their opposition to the Senate health care bill as it's written.
Their opposition puts the bill in jeopardy, since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can lose only two Republican senators and still pass the legislation.
Paul tells The Associated Press in an interview that the bill released Thursday resembles "Obamacare" too closely and does not go far enough to repeal former President Barack Obama's law.
Paul says that he and the other senators are "definitely open to negotiation" but that they need to make their opposition clear in order to ensure negotiations happen.
McConnell is pushing toward a vote next week but Paul's stance throws that into question.
U.S. Capitol Police are arresting dozens of people who are protesting cuts to Medicaid in the Senate Republicans' health care bill.
The protesters have filled a hallway in one of the Senate office buildings, outside the office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Some of the protesters are being escorted individually. Others are much more reluctant to leave and it's taking four or five officers to carry them out.
The protesters are yelling "no cuts to Medicaid" as they are being led away.
One protester says he's with the disability rights group ADAPT. Phillip Corona says he traveled from Wisconsin to make his voice heard. Corona says Medicaid helps his son Anthony get out of bed every morning. Phillip Corona fears that changes to the program "would possibly mean putting him in a nursing home."
Alison Barkoff -- director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation -- helped organize the protest. She says the protesters rely on Medicaid to help them live and she says the health bill amounts to "tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities."
Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP's 142-page discussion draft was posted online. Republicans had been briefed on the plan behind closed doors.
Schumer says, "We live in the wealthiest country on earth. Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.
President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the Senate will pass a health care plan "with heart" following the release of a Republican plan to dismantle President Barack Obama's health law.
Trump says at the start of a White House event on technology he is hopeful Congress will get something done on health care "with heart."
The president spoke shortly after Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their bill to get rid of much of Obama's law.
The bill faces broad opposition from Democrats. But Trump says that Republicans would love to have Democratic support.