US senators worry about rush over healthcare bill ahead of release

Posted June 22, 2017

In addition to Democrats, some Republicans have complained about not seeing the bill, too. The measure would peel away much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and leave government with a more limited role in providing coverage and helping people afford it.

Senate Democrats are working to halt progress on repealing and replacing Obamacare, this time holding a late night talk-a-thon to protest the GOP health care bill.

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal Obamacare.

Whatever their differences, the Senate and House versions have this in common: a callous disregard for the health care of millions of people plus a kind of frantic wish to pass something, no matter how destructive and poorly thought out, that lets President Trump and other Republicans claim that they have repealed Obamacare.

The Republicans have chosen a dramatically different path. Republicans in the House drafted a secret bill they sprung on the American people without a single hearing - a bill that will gut the ACA, strip health insurance from 23 million people and cause premiums to skyrocket. For example, the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has said the needle bill would make people admit to committing a crime and that if a person lies about not having a needle and an officer is stuck during a search, it could be considered assault on an officer.

He fiercely opposed the House version, and McConnell likely won't look to him for support, which means he'll need nearly every other Senate Republican to vote in favor of the measure. "I'm not sure if we're going to come up with 50 votes with a Republican solution". McConnell's office has since taken the lead drafting the Senate version of the party's long-promised legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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Other Republican senators who ought to be particularly alarmed include Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Rob Portman of OH and Dean Heller of Nevada.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, defending the closed-door sessions, has said all Senate Republicans have had a chance to participate in meetings on the bill, and that Democrats are not interested in discussing Obamacare repeal. Sullivan said he is raising concerns about "some of the structural challenges in a state like Alaska" as he works on the bill.

The House had a hard time passing its own measure after a roller-coaster attempt, with the first version being pulled before reaching the floor after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (D-Wisc.) determined he did not have the votes. Conservatives such as Sen.

Gardner needs to demand more transparency from his colleagues and be one of the two "no" votes that could stop this nonsense.

As Democrats made a series of motions that McConnell turned aside, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., twice asked the GOP leader to ensure Democrats will have more than 10 hours to study and debate the bill before the vote. And Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it would be "a non-starter" if the developing bill's subsidies are as large as Obama's.

The narrator says that "taking care of Grayson is something his mom, Carol Combs, does with all her heart". According to Axios, McConnell is trying to jam the unpopular bill through a vote before the senators have to go home and face getting screamed at by their constituents.