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

Justin Greene
June 20, 2017

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate don't give a damn about health care.

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

"Some version of secrecy has to happen".

Senators, even those close to McConnell, say they haven't seen actual legislative text.

Heller is the one Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 from a state that backed Hillary Clinton for president past year. "The general parameters of the bill were widely known".

The aide added that Democrats would also initiate parliamentary procedures "to highlight the difference between the open process used to pass the Affordable Care Act and the process Republicans are pursuing now".

Submitting a series of unanimous consent requests "to attempt to force the House-passed healthcare bill to committee, delay" a series of votes on the legislation, "and increase transparency, forcing Republicans to publicly defend their 'no hearings strategy'".

"There are a lot of important issues", Collins said last week when asked about it. Last week, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump called the House version of the bill "mean", in a closed lunch, despite having a Rose Garden celebration when the bill was passed. The CBO is a non-partisan piece of Congress that studies the impacts of legislation. But Republican moderates in the Senate want a much slower end to the additional federal aid.


On Monday, Schumer and three other Democrats on the Senate committee on health, education, labor and pensions sent a letter addressed to Republican leaders demanding that they "schedule hearings to discuss, debate and hear testimony about the healthcare bill that you are now drafting in secret".

The legislation didn't become law until March 2010. The Senate majority leader and other members of the Republican leadership will be occupied this week attending multiple high-dollar fundraising events.

"Everyone's going to get to weigh in", he said Sunday.

"Sooner or later the leader has to pull it together", Sen. The House's bill instead lets people use tax credits in private markets.

Democrats plan to slow action on all Senate business, a move created to protest their frustration with the GOP's secretive efforts to pass legislation that would repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Closed-door discussions were also used to resolve differences with anti-abortion Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of MI that threatened the bill's passage. Many Republican senators have pushed for a more gradual phaseout in their bill, as well as preserving certain protections for preexisting conditions under the ACA not maintained in the House bill. Health-care bill opponents want to hammer Republicans at home during the break in an effort to kill the proposal later in the month.

But sometimes, a negotiation is so delicate that doing it in public is counterproductive, said Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow of economics and health policy at the Brookings Institution.

McConnell has brushed off accusations that his party was crafting its bill in secret, a highly unusual move for legislation with such broad and sweeping implications. John Barrasso, R-Wy., said Monday.

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