Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

McConnell is hoping to weave together a bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama's health care law so the Senate can vote on it before leaving for its July Fourth recess.

"Some version of secrecy has to happen". I think that's the difference. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. He said the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, knows people can't attack what they can't see, and drafting the Senate health care bill behind closed doors is the most expedient way for Republicans to arrive at the minimum votes they need to pass it.

But you know, even as we speak, there are a number of Republican senators who've seen nothing more than an outline or a PowerPoint summary of the legislation.

McConnell said last week that "nobody is hiding the ball here" and that people are "free to ask anybody anything". But stark disagreements over the direction the legislation should go - and how it should differ from a bill that passed the GOP-controlled House in May - threaten to derail those plans.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill.

McConnell said all Republican senators have been involved to some degree in healthcare meetings and that Democrats would have a chance to amend the legislation they produce, once it is brought to the Senate floor.

At Blumenthal's field hearing on the GOP's health care bill, health care advocates and patients criticized the Republican health care bill, saying it would strip people of coverage while giving the wealthy a tax cut because it would repeal numerous taxes that fund the ACA.

There were plenty of hiccups that Democratic leaders resolved or tried to settle privately. His party has vowed to delay a Senate vote on the bill. That December, Reid used closed-door meetings to craft a final package using elements from differing measures approved by his chamber's finance and health committees.

Schumer and his Democratic colleagues have begun to throw the kitchen sink to drive attention to the secretive nature of the GOP negotiations on the health care bill.

CHUCK SCHUMER: If Republicans are not going to allow debate on their bill on the floor in committee, Democrats will make opportunities to debate.

Schumer warned Republicans on Monday night that "they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate". However, Republican President Donald Trump last week urged the Senate to pass a more generous replacement program. In the House, conservatives have written to McConnell to express concern about reports that say the Senate may water down the House bill. There was also a bipartisan budget pact between the chairs of the Senate and House budget committees in 2013 and an agreement between Pelosi and then-Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on how Medicare reimburses doctors.

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