GOP senators complain on eve of health care bill unveiling

Posted June 22, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen.

"This is a leadership bill, sink or swim". But it's not uncommon for either party to draft bills or resolve stubborn final hurdles behind closed doors, foregoing the step-by-step, civics-book version of how Congress works.

They're pushing for a vote next week.

Trump, however, will received plenty of blame if the bill fails, whether his involvement is kept to a minimum or not. He explained that if lawmakers open "the process in the beginning or the middle, you never get to the end".

To their credit, some Republican senators have spoken out against the closed-door rewrite.

McConnell has been tight-lipped about the drafting process, allowing the measure to be made public only a few days before the Senate is expected to vote on it.

How many times did Republicans say they could do better than Democrats on health care? "Obviously, that's not the route that is being taken". The Democrats cried foul that the Republicans were deliberately stalling the bill to make the changes that Trump wants, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY saying: "House Republicans are considering using a procedural excuse to hide what they're really doing: covering for a president who has been far too soft on Russian Federation". I've solved a lot of problems. "Seems like around here, the last step is getting information".

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Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act would fulfill a major campaign promise for Republicans, who have vowed to do so for years. " With only 52 Republicans in the Senate that would be sufficient to stop this reprehensible rush to decision, one that evidences little concern for one-sixth of the economy they would disrupt and for the lives of tens of millions of Americans who could be dramatically harmed".

"Toomey is continuing his work to protect families and communities from painkiller and heroin abuse, and to ensure there is appropriate funding to help Pennsylvania fight back against this awful scourge", Kelly said.

-Established out-of-pocket maximums to limit patients' costs. These include a bipartisan bill the Senate approved last week sanctioning Russian Federation for interfering in last year's election, and the deal McConnell and then-Vice President Joe Biden helped finalize preventing sharp tax increases in 2013.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are angling toward a Senate vote next week on their marquee effort to erase much of President Barack Obama's health care law. In many states, premiums would soar for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Will make it worse: 41 percent.

Americans need to know what McConnell and his bill drafters are planning - before they "jam it past not only the Senate but the American people".