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To Expose 'Dark and Hidden' Trumpcare Push by GOP, Senate Dems #HoldtheFloor

To Expose 'Dark and Hidden' Trumpcare Push by GOP, Senate Dems #HoldtheFloor

McConnell is pushing for a quick vote, in an effort to force lawmakers to reach a consensus on portions of health care reform that have been divisive in the Senate's push to repeal and replace Obamacare, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. He said GOP senators have had "many productive discussions" on the measure and added, "We have to act, and we are".

Later, he simply chortled when asked if he was confident the measure would pass, a victory that would elude him if just three of the 52 GOP senators voted no. Several Republicans said a vote could come as soon as next week - even as key senators expressed concern about the emerging legislation, the secrecy surrounding it and the level of disagreement that remains.

The GOP plans to finalize their bill by Thursday and have a vote on the healthcare overhaul by the end of next week. Mike Lee, R-Utah, using a Facebook video for an unusually public swipe at GOP leaders. She noted that Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said at a hearing last week that he had not seen the text of the bill.

The abbreviated schedule is a dramatic bet that Republicans can secure the 51 votes they need to pass a bill that could hurt them politically with no guarantee it will ever become law.

That echoed Democrats' lambasting of McConnell for writing the wide-ranging legislation in closed-door meetings. The House healthcare bill's proposed $834 billion in Medicaid cuts would have "serious negative consequences for communities across America", AHA said. They fear McConnell will jam the legislation through the Senate with little debate, limiting their chance to scrutinize the bill and whip up opposition against it.

Under the direction of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Democrats on Monday began a series of tactics to disrupt the ordinary business of the upper chamber, including blocking motions that are normally passed unanimously, and preventing committees from holding hearings that last longer than two hours.

"They're ashamed of it, plain and simple", Schumer said.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) said that the Senate bill is almost identical to the bill that passed through the House, which President Donald Trump reportedly called "mean, mean, mean" during a meeting with Republican Senators last week. It was unclear whether he could do this given the differences between Republican moderates and conservatives.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate with no mention of when the GOP would unveil its bill or bring it to a vote.

All that most lawmakers and the public have to work on is the House version. "A bill so catastrophic that even the president, who hailed its passage, now called it 'mean.'" .

"Just about everything was done in public", said Jim Manley, a top aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. John Cornyn (R-TX) decried when they were constructing scarecrow arguments about the ACA back in early 2010. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it would be "a non-starter" if the developing bill's subsidies are as large as Obama's.


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