Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

"We've been debating Obamacare's failures and what to do about them for so many years now", McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.

Beginning Monday evening, the Democrats will use Senate procedures to try to block business both on and off the Senate floor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that the GOP leadership will produce a "discussion draft" of the health-care bill on Thursday.

"It is one of the cruelest, worst pieces of legislation to ever see the light of day in Washington, D.C. In fact, it has yet to see the light of day", said Sen.

As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the floor of the Senate, "President Trump doesn't want the American people to know what he really thinks of their health care plan".

Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso told CNBC on Monday that 52 Republican Senators are "all wanting to get to yes to find a solution", and believes "we're going to vote before the July 4th recess".

The GOP-run House narrowly approved its version of the legislation last month. Polls have said that a majority of Americans disapprove of the Obamacare replacement that has passed the House of Representatives and that Senate Republicans are now considering.

"The state is going to have to come up with an exorbitant amount of money in order to provides services", Manchin said.

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Perriello led in four of the latest seven polls taken in the race since May, and Northam took the lead in the remaining three. Wagner, meanwhile, touted his experience as a veteran lawmaker who can fix the state's congested highways.

The Michigan Democrat was also the chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and he has dedicated a significant chunk of his post-Senate life to work on bolstering the oversight capability of Congress.

Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) pointed to the fact that Republicans refuse to hold a hearing or put the bill before a committee after accusing Democrats of trying to rush Obamacare through the legislative process. Under the Senate rules, Republicans need only 51 votes to pass the bill, and don't need to face a Democratic filibuster - and a 60-vote threshold - that would kill it. But with the G.O.P. poised to strip protections for people with preexisting conditions, gut Medicaid, and ultimately swell the ranks of the uninsured by millions of people, others are ready to do whatever it takes to derail the bill-even if it means the further erosion of the civility and procedural standards that have long defined the Senate.

Graham has also expressed some skepticism about his own party's ability to pass health care legislation, saying repeatedly he doesn't think his colleagues will be able to deliver.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican and member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was flummoxed when CNN asked him what he thought of the President calling the bill "mean".

But you know, even as we speak, there are a number of Republican senators who've seen nothing more than an outline or a PowerPoint summary of the legislation. "It's not anywhere that the American public can see". Half of the report, which was obtained by BuzzFeed News in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, remains redacted.

"I have been doing this work since 1977..."

"The combination of secrecy and speed are a toxic recipe", said Sen. And the Senate is planning to go beyond repealing the Medicaid expansion-which was part of the ACA-by imposing deep cuts to the traditional Medicaid program that helps seniors, kids, and people with disabilities in every state.

The heist always culminates in the theft itself, which in this case involves stealing millions of Americans' health benefits, stashing the savings in the bank accounts of the wealthy in the form of needless tax breaks.


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