Dems say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

Posted June 20, 2017

But that means they're protesting something that doesn't exist, and that the media isn't covering as an imminent, urgent development - so much of the public is only vaguely aware of it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants to pass the legislation by June 30.

But now, with the American Health Care Act, Republicans are doing exactly that.

President Donald Trump has been eager for quick action, although in a closed-door luncheon with 15 GOP senators last week, he described a House-passed bill as "mean".

Yes, there is urgency to craft an alternative to the teetering health law. In the Kaiser Health Tracking poll, only 8 percent said they wanted it passed. "This is a red-alert moment". That would bypass the usual 60-vote threshold and keep Democrats from blocking the measure. And they're based on the GOP House bill which will be substantially altered by the Senate before the entire bill goes before the president. It would cut Medicaid by $834 billion over a decade, repeal $664 billion of Obamacare's tax increases on the wealthy and the health-care industry, and end requirements that individuals get health insurance and that most employers provide it. "Had the Obama Administration not pushed and made the Affordable Care Act happen, I'd be dead". The NRSC says the event was planned to benefit the election campaign of Sen. They also must navigate abortion policy. Republican leaders would like a vote in July, even before the July 4 recess if possible.

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The clock is ticking.

"Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the Republican plan isn't a solution, it's an assault on women and the beginnings of a serious national healthcare crisis.

"The situation in Nevada shows that chaos and instability in healthcare does not help the Republican case for free market reform - it undermines it", Gingrich said. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; and Dean Heller R-Nev., according to the report.

Sound familiar? Remember what then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in the Democratic rush to pass Obamacare in 2010? A wide variety of GOP senators have complained publicly that they have no idea what the Republican proposal entails.

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Some moderate GOP senators are trying to extend the phase-out over seven years and ease some of the Medicaid cuts the House bill would make.

Now that Senate Republicans have removed the town hall from the resistance's arsenal, activists are brainstorming ways to build other weapons.

Wyden of OR complained that even his committee's chairman, Orrin Hatch of Utah, was being "cut out" of discussions and that the process had become a "charade".

"That will positively impact the coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction", the letter states.

"I think it's being written, uh, by someone somewhere but I'm not aware of who or where", Sen.

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The same lawmakers are facing growing criticism from both sides of the aisle for not releasing more details about the healthcare plan and refusing to hold public hearings.