Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

McConnell, R-Ky., is using closed-door meetings among Republicans to write a bill.

Democratic operatives and their progressive allies flooded the airwaves Monday with ads pressuring GOP senators to reject an emerging - yet so far secret - bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

With just 10 legislative days before McConnell's deadline, all that most lawmakers and the public have to work on is the House bill, which a non-partisan congressional review predicted would leave 23 million fewer people insured over the next decade.

GOP senators have been meeting privately to address disputes over cutting Medicaid, limiting insurance requirements and revamping tax credits.

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Democrats said they were planning to start forcing procedural votes to slow the Senate down, making floor speeches and taking other steps to call public attention to McConnell's effort.

Democrats plan to object to routine requests to let the chamber operate - whether it's scheduling votes or allowing committees to meet for extended hearings - in a move aimed at escalating the fight over health care. "Most Republicans don't have a clue as to what's in this legislation, let alone Democrats, let alone the average American", fumed Senator Bernie Sanders. "We will fight hard to prevent this bill from occurring". But when you encounter problems, he said, "sometimes you need to go behind closed doors to work it out".

According to a senior Senate Democratic aide, there might be some exceptions for honorary resolutions, but the Democrats seem intent on slowing down the bulk of business.

When the House was debating the health-care bill earlier in the year, a significant grassroots campaign against the measure almost derailed it, as Republican lawmakers were bombarded by hostile questions and large crowds in town halls back home.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is "bound and determined" to hold a vote on the legislation soon, but there are still a lot of obstacles in the way. "I think we can get a lot of it done, but what we don't have is time", Sullivan said, The Hill notes.

"The Republicans are writing their health care bill under the cover of darkness because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple".

"At the end of the process, Congress will have a chance to turn the page on this failed law", he said Monday.

Behind-the-scenes: McConnell and Senate leaders have been at this for all of May and now first couple weeks of June, turning their weekly lunches into working sessions on various aspects of the healthcare legislation.

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