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GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

On Tuesday, McConnell announced there would be a "discussion draft" unveiled Thursday on health care, but some in the right flank of his conference are already voicing skepticism for what's coming.

Some of the Washington CAN people will dress up like pigs because, they say, "the latest iteration of Trump's health care bill is like 'putting lipstick on a pig.'" You don't have to dress up like a pig. According to reporting from Axios on Tuesday, the Senate parliamentarian has expressed concern that some proposals that the GOP would like to import from the House version of the bill could violate the Senate's arcane rules for budget reconciliation bills.

Schumer instead explained that Democrats would create their own opportunities to assist in tailoring the bill.

Among the critics has been Sen. But it also permits insurers to charge older recipients five times the amount billed to younger, healthier ones. "And I'll need information to able to make that determination".

"I was heartened to see Senator Rubio raise the transparency issue this weekend - if he feels so strongly about it, he should refuse to vote for it unless it receives full scrutiny". It's actually nearly unbelievable the way in which Senate Republicans are hiding a bill which could have a major impact on approximately 16.6% of the USA economy, not to mention the lives of tens of millions of Americans.

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) is sending up a warning flare to Senate Republicans over changes to the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, warning that the alterations "may jeopardize final passage in the House". Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the Republican plan does "not yet" do enough to reduce premiums, a key GOP goal.

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The Senate is rushing to vote on its version of American Health Care Act (AHCA), even though the process of crafting the legislation has been totally secret. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told reporters in regards to the tax credits in the GOP plan. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska could well be another because the bill would take a huge toll on people in her state, which has very high health care costs. The Obamacare repeal and replace mantra was one which President Trump and his team chanted throughout the 2016 election campaign, making it a major campaign promise Americans await the fulfilment of. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week.

"It's apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership, " said conservative Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, using a Facebook video for an unusually public swipe at GOP leaders.

"I've never heard of a more radical or a more reckless process, " said minority leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Despite McConnell's comments to CNN on Tuesday, when he called Democrats' complaints "laughable" and said whatever comes next "will be about as transparent as it can be", this is a legislative bum's rush.

On May 31, Pence retweeted Trump's call for swiftly passing the GOP health care bill despite the lack of transparency around the process. This allows him to bring the bill to the floor quickly once Republicans are ready to vote.

Democrats have complained that they've been left out of the process, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that they signaled ahead of the House debate that they would not back any legislation that repealed the Affordable Care Act.

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