GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

The facts can't be hidden forever, and the idea that the American people are stupid enough to fall for this is an insult to the entire population.

McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is viewed inside the White House and around Washington as a master of the Senate, someone who knows his caucus and what it will take to get a bill passed.

Democrats say Republicans are keeping the legislation under wraps until the last minute so it can be rammed through with just a few hours of floor debate.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the majority whip, also said a Congressional Budget Office score could come as soon as Friday, though other GOP lawmakers said it might not be ready until Monday.

Democrats and liberals are incensed that Senate Republicans are aiming to vote on an Obamacare replacement package prior to the July 4th recess.

Instead, the lawmaker said, the legislation is being put together by the staffers of the Senate's GOP establishment leaders. On Tuesday, they invoked a rule to block any committee hearings from taking place that afternoon to draw attention to their opposition to the health care bill. "The Senate debated the bill for 25 days", Murphy said. Although he was named to the Senate group to rewrite the AHCA, Utah Sen.

During the public portion of the event - when reporters were invited in - Trump undercut the House bill, saying more funding was needed to make it "generous, kind (and) with heart". That bill is extremely unpopular with the public, and CBO has estimated that it will result in 23 million Americans losing health insurance coverage.

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I am appalled that 13 men are behind closed doors drafting a health care bill that will have significant impact on the American citizens.

Media captionHealthcare battle in rural America Is this legislative secrecy typical?

"There will be roll call vote after roll call vote", noted Shure.

The Senate healthcare bill is being crafted by one senator - Mitch McConnell, along with a coterie of aides.

Vice President Mike Pence predicted that new healthcare legislation would be enacted this summer. These Democrats want to approve a bill that rewrites one-sixth of the economy, forces taxpayers to pay for abortions, raises taxes in the middle of a recession, and slashes Medicare for seniors, without leaving their fingerprints on it.

If the Senate gets the 50 votes to pass its measure, it would be sent back to the House for approval. With a slender 52-28 majority, the party can not afford many defections. Republicans were reportedly concerned about rural airports not being given fair consideration under the new plan.

"Listen, there has to be private meetings all the time, but I think there should be more public debate on it", King said in an interview on "LI in the AM" radio in NY highlighted by CNN. "I just haven't been able to see it yet and as far as I know the overwhelming majority of my colleagues haven't been able to see it either".


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