Republican lawmakers are pushing to pass healthcare legislation before their August recess, and up against pressure to act before the long July 4 weekend.
In a coordinated series of procedural moves and lengthy speeches late on Monday, Democratic Senators took turns railing against Republican efforts to draft an alternative healthcare bill in secret.
Yet Republicans continue to move forward with a proposal that is reportedly even more cruel than the House bill praised by Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, with drastic cuts to Medicaid in order to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. Richard Blumenthal. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Monday that Democrats will delay Senate business unless the GOP allows open debate on the legislation.
Senate Democrats, in taking action Monday, are inserting themselves into a process that has excluded them by design.
The President's "mean" comment, though, has not only undermined his negotiating power in the upcoming Senate discussions, it has also left House Republicans scratching their heads about how Trump could have sold a bill that he thought was "mean". But I'm told that Senate Republican leaders are telling members that this is their one and likely only chance to make good on their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
"It's not unusual, especially for a big bill like this".
The caucus says four elements are critical to keep in the healthcare legislation. While Democrats reached out to Republicans, held scores of committee hearings and staged many days of debate on that legislation in 2009 and 2010, they also resorted to private meetings to reach agreements that clinched its approval.
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She said she was initially booted from her father's insurance at age 19, but the Affordable Care Act made her eligible again.
This health care bill will impact millions and millions of Americans.
"Nobody is hiding the ball here", McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters last week. Not 'thankfully we will get to hear those stories'.
"When he says drain the swamp, it's not just about getting rid of all the crocodiles in the water that we don't need". "Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple". Majority say they don't know what shape the bill is taking and some have complained about the tightly controlled effort.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) said that the Senate bill is almost identical to the bill that passed through the House, which President Donald Trump reportedly called "mean, mean, mean" during a meeting with Republican Senators last week. Blumenthal said the bill would mean around 23 million people around the country would lose their insurance. Republicans want to race across the finish line.
Democrats took to the Senate floor Monday night to protest the GOP's cloak-and-dagger crafting of the health care bill. "Members are very, very familiar with this issue. Since last week, I have gotten more than 1,000 phone calls from people who are pleading with me to do whatever I can to stop Republicans", Warren said from the Senate floor, according to the Hill.