Senate Democrats Plan To Stall GOP Health Care Bill

Senate Democrats Plan To Stall GOP Health Care Bill

Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and comes with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500. Doing it that way only requires a simple majority vote, meaning at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators would have to vote for it.

Senate Republicans have said they have no plans to publicly release the draft health care bill.

The Senate slowdown is part of a concerted effort, led by Schumer and Wyden, to bring media attention - which was credited for a failed House vote in March - back to Trumpcare to prevent it from passing.

A growing body of evidence suggests that not only has Obamacare done little to address the cost of health care products and services, it's exacerbated the problem.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, seven governors, including three moderate Republicans, argue that "true and lasting reforms are best approached by finding common ground in a bipartisan fashion". They may well be considering more extended and more controversial extended action like holding up committee hearings on other issues or delaying confirmations.

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Submitting a series of unanimous consent requests "to attempt to force the House-passed healthcare bill to committee, delay" a series of votes on the legislation, "and increase transparency, forcing Republicans to publicly defend their 'no hearings strategy'".

The Obamacare replacement passed by the House last month includes deep cuts to Medicaid and other health expenditures.

They plan to hold the Senate floor late into the evening to deliver speeches in opposition to the Republican push to repeal and replace Obamacare. (Trump helpfully described the House measure as "mean" during a meeting Tuesday with Republican senators.) Well, great, and a Category 4 hurricane is a bit less harrowing than a Category 5.

The bill is now so secret that even President Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services and the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate (and the third person in the line of presidential succession, mind you) say that they haven't seen a copy of it. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican Senator, doesn't want any delay in repeal and wants the congress to vote, on the same day, on replacement.

But not a single Senate Republican has a town hall scheduled until well after the congressional recess, according to the Town Hall Project, which tracks these events. There are enough of those senators, including Ohio's Rob Portman, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Colorado's Cory Gardner, to tank the bill outright if the Medicaid language does not satisfy them. 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. One of the top priorities of the lieutenant governor, who also serves as president of the Senate, is passage of the controversial "bathroom bill" which is opposed by many brands similar to what occurred in North Carolina. The plan has not been made public!

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