Senate close to vote on dismantle health law

Posted June 21, 2017

It's not just Democrats who have been left out of the health care deliberations.

Speaking to reporters, a Democratic aide revealed that beginning Monday night, Democrats would withhold consent on almost every GOP request in the Senate.

Other groups are concerned about the bill allowing states to give health insurers the freedom to charge more based on pre-existing conditions and the end of the Medicaid expansion program that provided federal cash to extend health coverage to low-income people in states that opted in.

The procedures McConnell will use will let Senate Republicans pass the bill as long as no more than two of the 52 GOP senators oppose it.

President Donald Trump has succeeding in rolling back several of Obama's initiatives, including his opening to Cuba and his executive orders on environmental protections. The calculation for those Republicans goes like this: Why endanger yourself for a unpopular bill that the President will decry it mere weeks after he celebrates it? It was that deal that ultimately brought the House Freedom Caucus on board, and it was that deal that left moderates walking away from the legislation. McConnell can only afford two defections before the bill would sink.

Durbin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also commented on rumors last week that Trump could be considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in order to bring on someone who will be willing to fire Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor in the Russian Federation election investigation.

Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said GOP senators will be briefed on the emerging bill Wednesday and he expects to see the legislation the next day, about a week before a vote occurs.

"People (are) working in secret on a bill that they're going to try to force through Congress with no public input, no hearings, no meetings, no markups, no debate, no public accountability", he said in the talk-a-thon, which dragged into a fifth hour. "They will be more cautious". Hatch added: "There's still a lot of different points of view". And Indivisible tweeted: "By shutting down the Senate, @SenateDems are drawing more attention to the secrecy and speed with which the GOP's #TrumpCare is moving".

And Trump is up against an even tougher audience in the Senate.

Conservatives and moderate Republicans in the Senate are now experiencing the same divides that surfaced in March in the House.

They wrote that Democrats, by comparison, held about 100 hearings and meetings, accepted more than 150 amendments sponsored or cosponsored by GOP senators and spent 25 days in floor debate during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act.

"Generous, kind, with heart". I think that's the difference.

"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it", she said.

The White House has since tried to avoid weighing in on the "mean" comment.

Yet despite the complaints from GOP senators, none have said they will vote against the bill because of the rushed process.

He says Democrats "made it very clear that they didn't want to engage in this process" of writing a bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Current Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said in 2009: "If you rush this thing through before anybody even knows what it is, that's not good democracy". "This is a violation of the way democracy should work".