Senate continues health care bill talks in secret

Senate continues health care bill talks in secret

Senate continues health care bill talks in secret

That analysis is required for a Senate vote in order to ensure that the legislation complies with the fast-track budget procedure known as reconciliation that the GOP is using to advance the bill.

Other senators joined in to make similar comparisons or to request the bill to go before a committee - to which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected on the floor.

In a slew of lengthy floor speeches throughout Monday night, Democrats accused GOP lawmakers of drafting its Obamacare replacement bill in secret and called for more time to consider the bill, which could see a vote as early as next week.

While the Senate is crafting its own legislation, the House-passed American Health Care Act is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans - 55 percent - compared with 31 percent who viewed it favorably, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in May. The resulting legislation would likely throw millions out of health insurance, he said, while granting "a big fat tax break for the wealthiest among us". Some Senate Republicans have set an informal June 30 deadline to pass their version of the health care bill, leaving 10 legislative days to do so. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for example, told reporters that the House bill "grossly underfunds" high-risk pools, and that it would need at least $15 billion during its first year to work.

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Schumer, the senior senator from NY, says the unusual move is necessary because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to vote on the Senate version to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the next two weeks.

Professor Ross Baker of Rutgers University deemed the GOP process of drafting the health care bill in closed meetings and keeping its details a secret from colleagues unprecedented.

Objecting to all unanimous-consent requests.

A document provided to Kapur by a senior Democratic Senate aide acknowledges that the overall strategy for Senate Democrats is to keep delaying votes as a means to publicly force the Republicans to defend their "no hearings strategy".

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Yet it's not clear Democrats are actually planning on extending the move for longer than Monday night. Last-minute negotiations among lawmakers and between Congress and the White House "are never in public", he said.

McConnell, in a Senate floor speech, said Obamacare has increased costs and reduced choice, causing Americans to drop coverage. Democrats were more than happy to remind the GOP of that extended 2009 debate, as we wait to see if there will be final action over the next ten days on a GOP health care bill. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2026, 23 million more Americans will lack health insurance because of the law.

"My sense is you've got to start to develop a little bipartisan support, and working with Democratic and Republican governors is a good start".

Critics have estimated that the House bill would curtail Medicaid by some $800 billion, and some Republican senators from states where Medicaid was expanded under Obama have expressed concern about passing legislation that slashes aid to thousands of constituents.

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