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

20 June, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Melody Ballard
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Several have suggested that they could accept a seven-year phaseout.

Can the gap be bridged before McConnell's self-imposed Fourth of July deadline?

"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.

"Until I see the bill and the [Congressional Budget Office] assessment of the bill, I'm not going to feel comfortable taking a position", Maine Republican Sen.

Like many conservatives, Cruz believes that in order to bring down the cost of health insurance, lawmakers need to repeal as numerous Obamacare-era regulations as possible. There is, of course, no bill yet, but Paul criticized the House bill for allocating money for tax credits, which he says sound like another entitlement program. "My promise to the voters was to repeal Obamacare, and it looks more like we're keeping a good chunk of Obamacare". "The reason they don't want to bring it public is because it's a disastrous bill, I suspect similar to what passed in the House".

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But it's not as easy as simply summarizing the priorities of the 52-member Senate Republican conference.

Many Republican Senators haven't yet seen the bill either. But it is not yet clear how or whether he can get the 50 votes he will need to pass the bill.

The Obamacare replacement passed by the House last month includes deep cuts to Medicaid and other health expenditures. Perhaps that could be counted as progress, but it's hardly a ringing endorsement of the Senate's negotiations. They're also under enormous pressure to move as the Trump White House seeks a legislative win and the clock ticks on other priorities, from tax reform to funding the government and lifting the debt ceiling.

Except for the early years of the 20th century, the Senate has generally voted on legislation that was crafted by members of both parties, said Donald Ritchie, the former official Senate historian. The Senate has always been a body that reviewed bills carefully, with committee hearings and extensive debate before actually voting on them. The CBO estimated that the caps would put more of the financial burden for the program on states, who would respond by a combination of cutting payments to health care providers like doctors and hospitals, eliminating benefits for patients and restricting eligibility. "We tried very, very, very hard". "I've not asked that question". While Democrats reached out to Republicans, held scores of committee hearings and staged many days of debate on that legislation in 2009 and 2010, they also resorted to private meetings to reach agreements that clinched its approval.

Democrats are weighing a strategy to get more public attention on the debate in the next two weeks, said Matt House, spokesman for Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, but he declined to discuss details. They just know the outlines of various policy options on the table.


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