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

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

More moderate Republican senators could object to the proposal.

It's being kept under wraps by design. Asked to comment, a spokesman for Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell said only that the Senate meant to vote on nominees for Trump administration positions in the coming days.

"These are merely the first steps we're prepared to take in order to shine a light on this shameful Trumpcare bill and reveal to the public the GOP's true intentions: to give the uber-wealthy a tax break while making middle class Americans pay more for less healthcare coverage", Schumer said. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine. This includes the Senate leadership, three committee chairmen, and others, including Sens. The Senate has said it will not vote without a CBO score.

The [AHCA] would affect hundreds of millions of people across the country.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are planning to highlight the secrecy surrounding the Republican bill, saying they will debate the issue "late into the evening" in a series of floor speeches Tuesday.

Another twist: Tuesday's special congressional election in Georgia. Leibenluft, now at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says individual reporters on the health care beat are doing good work, but their stories are getting limited attention. It would cut Medicaid for the poor, the disabled and seniors in nursing homes.

Republican sources on Capitol Hill today are expressing confidence their bill will be put forward next week. They could walk into McConnell's office and say they'll oppose any bill that is not made public for at least a month of real scrutiny and discussion.

One sticking point in these deliberations is what will happen to patients who receive opioid treatment under expanded Medicaid. Heller is considered the most vulnerable GOP senator on the ballot in 2018. His Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval told the Nevada Independent this week he would prefer the expansion didn't go away at all.

Cruz is trying a new role in the debate over health care: negotiator.

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he did not know whether legislative staff had been briefed on the Senate healthcare bill. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah-two of the Senate's most conservative lawmakers. He also has advocated to repeal Obamacare taxes as soon as possible.

Organizers are confident that their efforts could help derail a Republican health care bill with shockingly low approval ratings - given enough time and media attention, . Asked to clarify whether that meant before July, Barrasso said, "That's what he said".

Murkowski is independent-minded and fiercely loyal to Alaska, which has some of the most expensive insurance premiums in the country. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; as well as MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and others. A small group of Republican Senators are crafting the bill behind closed doors and have been very secretive about their process and have released no information on what's in the bill and have had no public hearings.

The TV ads include that national version, as well as ads targeting the specific GOP senator in the state they're airing.

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