Republican health bill: Democrats pledge Senate standstill over secrecy

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But other Democrats said they wanted to escalate the fight to give more prominence to the GOP's closed-door process of drafting health care legislation, which Republican leaders want to pass by month's end.

One Senate aide says Democrats' current plan is to hold the floor until midnight and members will use the time to tell constituent stories about the Affordable Care Act.

Even if Senate Republicans are successful in getting the bill out for a vote, they still face an uphill battle getting it passed. Republicans in both the Senate and House, to take first step in repealing the law which was signed by President Obama in 2010, voted in last week.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to openly discuss the plans.

An all-male group of Senate Republicans has worked privately for months to craft its version of the House healthcare bill, which narrowly passed to the upper chamber in May, under increasing pressure from Trump. "I can't think of another piece of legislation of this scope and magnitude that affects so many people that has been drawn up behind such a dense veil of secrecy".

Unsurprisingly, some of the Senate Democrats who have tweeted most about Trump's Russia scandals are on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the election.Sens.

"Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people", McConnell said in 2009, referring to the two big issues of the moment. Senate Republicans are expected to ease some of its cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, and make other changes. The plan has not been made public! Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to be as close to 50 votes as possible before he unveils his legislation.

"They're ashamed of the bill", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to the New York Times Thursday.

Democratic lawmakers are fed up with the Republicans keeping their healthcare bill secret.

Rather than sticking to the firebrand, leadership-agitating strategy that defined his early years in the Senate, Cruz - and those who have been working with him- insist he is working constructively behind the scenes to get to "yes" on health care. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told reporters this week.

A crucial part of the political gamble the Republicans are making is for their healthcare bill to be budget neutral, which means they can pass it through a process called budget reconciliation. Democrats have gotten sparse attendance at press conferences to highlight the House bill's impact on Obamacare's insurance exchanges, Medicaid funds for opioid treatment, and women's health. Restrictions on abortion funding in the House bill are opposed by at least two Senate Republicans - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - but if stripped out could thwart House approval of a final measure.

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