Senators, vote 'no' to TrumpNoCare Act

Posted June 20, 2017

Most Senate Republicans have attended meetings to discuss the health care bill that have been open to all members, in order to register their views with leadership.

John Hickenlooper, a Democratic signatory to a bipartisan gubernatorial letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about health-care legislation, is holding out hope that Congress's upper chamber will not match the House in its zeal to repeal the Affordable Care Act and will instead look for ways to improve the existing law.

A related issue is whether and at what level to cap federal Medicaid spending. Many Republican senators have pushed for a more gradual phaseout in their bill, as well as preserving certain protections for preexisting conditions under the ACA not maintained in the House bill.

The Community Catalyst TV ad, which targets four of the five senators (not Flake), begins with a scene of a young boy wheezing in his bedroom and his mother rushing to get his asthma medication from a bathroom drawer.

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Let's say there's a committee hearing for a piece of legislation, and a lawmaker proposes an intriguing compromise. He added that he was unaware of the president's view on the lack of transparency around the Republican healthcare bill.

The same thing happened when Democrats were debating their version of health care - they were close to a deal, then lawmakers went home for a month-long break, were confronted by angry opposition in angry town halls, and it took nearly another year for the legislation to pass. Leibenluft, now at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says individual reporters on the health care beat are doing good work, but their stories are getting limited attention. "They are going to occupy those Senate offices until they get answers". The Washington Post's fact checker gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the equivalent of a flip-flop for accusing Democrats during the Obamacare debate of making secret deals to pass the legislation.

The House had "vigorous and robust debate", but reports reveal McConnell simply wants to ram the bill through with no hearings or discussion. If anything, many expect the Senate bill will be more generous with those credits.

Although the House narrowly passed its own healthcare legislation, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), last month, the Senate immediately made a decision to draft its own bill rather than take up the AHCA. She also has been critical of defunding Planned Parenthood, an item that will likely be included if McConnell needs conservative support for his bill.

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"When the public sees it, they're not going to like it", Ginsburg said. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the House bill would cause 23 million people to lose insurance over a decade and leave many sicker and older consumers with much higher costs.

According to a senior Senate Democratic aide, there might be some exceptions for honorary resolutions, but the Democrats seem intent on slowing down the bulk of business. Resistance groups, for their part, are demanding that Democrats go a step further and withhold consent, a move that would considerably slow the legislative process.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ranking Democrat Patty Murray of Washington is expected to lead Monday evening's Democratic floor speeches, which could extend well into the night.

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