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

Raquel Nash
June 20, 2017

In the six weeks since the House of Representatives passed its Obamacare repeal legislation, Senate Republicans have insisted they will craft their own bill, but few details have emerged. But this is dwarfed by the health care costs imposed on everyone from one major high-risk activity which only a small percentage of American adults (about 15%) continue to engage in: smoking. "I've never seen anything like it, as far as the secrecy", said Paul Ginsburg, a health policy expert at the University of Southern California.

Republicans argue that their legislation will result in lower premiums. Or because they do, and it's unpopular?

Senate Democrats say they're hatching a strategy to put more focus on Republican health-care legislation that polls have shown is unpopular with the public.

On June 18, sources close to the Senate Majority Leader, GOP Sen.

Senate Republicans aren't doing that.

The GOP-run House narrowly approved its version of the legislation last month.

"Sooner or later the leader has to pull it together", Sen.


McConnell will need to win the votes of 50 of the 52 GOP senators to push the bill through the Senate.

All of the lawmakers singled out by the group except Collins come from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. But he added: "Most of our real private meetings were the final tweaks, not the original bill". Members from both parties had the opportunity to offer amendments and numerous Republican amendments were approved and incorporated into the law. Democratic senators will also make floor speeches late Monday on the subject. "We're having very vigorous debates".

Up for re-election in 2018 in a state Hillary Clinton won, Heller is perhaps one of the most vulnerable Republicans in this health care debate. He is responsible for the extreme secrecy of the health-care legislative process, which is reportedly created to reduce pressure on GOP senators from affected interest and advocacy groups, but is rapidly becoming a public-relations problem in itself.

The Democratic aide said some resolutions will be allowed through, such as a resolution honoring the victims of last week's congressional baseball shooting. Now, he seems to have adopted them. I think that's the difference. But it didn't always start out that way. "So getting it in public gives them a chance to get up and scream".

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he did not know whether legislative staff had been briefed on the Senate healthcare bill.

But in May, Ryan pushed for the House to vote on the AHCA before the Congressional recess, according to Time Magazine. Or they could decide to get out of the way and let the GOP's divisions and unpopular policy impulses occupy the entire national spotlight. They then listed all of the rooms available in Senate Office buildings for them to schedule a health care hearing. "We believe we all owe it to our constituents to pursue any bipartisan potential legislation because it profoundly impacts so many American lives".

The bill was designed in a way that it would be passed only by a simple majority in Congress as opposed to a 60-vote majority for most laws. But there's a real chance that, if Republicans pull this off, it could be the way Congress passes controversial bills in the future.

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