Senate close to vote on dismantle health law

Senate close to vote on dismantle health law

"Let's have hearings. Let's have openness", he added, saying that he hopes the Republicans' bill is unsuccessful.

"I mean none of us know what the bill is, so there would be no way to determine whether there's 50 votes or not", the Tennessee Republican told reporters. "Oh they'll have plenty of time", he said.

Spicer said that instead of pointing fingers at Republican lawmakers, Democrats should look closer to home. Insurers get June subsidies Overnight Energy: Zinke, Perry take heat over Trump budget Overnight Regulation: Trump moves to shake up labor board MORE (R-Alaska), another key vote on the bill.

"It depends what's in the bill", Cruz said when asked if he could support it. He concluded: "So if you're frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration wholeheartedly". That would bypass the usual 60-vote threshold and keep Democrats from blocking the measure.

MCEVERS: Could you give us an example of a major piece of legislation that was drafted during this time in secrecy without any public debate? Doesn't that worry you as a reporter?

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is a critic of the secretive process, and will oppose any bill that resembles the House-passed American Health Care Act, which she said is "immoral". Using a one-party approach is setting up failure over the long term, he said.

Even so, Dabakis denounced the GOP health care bill as "completely the opposite of logic", "a catastrophe", "so flawed" and "death to Utahns". An Obamacare replacement eventually passed the House last month, 217-213.

Other disagreements center on whether to repeal all of Obamacare's taxes and the size of tax credits that help Americans buy health insurance.

Schatz contended that while the Affordable Care Act may have been controversial, it was transparent: There were hearings and amendments. McConnell said in a press conference that the health care bill text would be available Thursday, leaving about a week to review the legislation before a tentative vote.

"Before passing a massive bill that will affect the lives of every single American, there ought to be a rigorous and robust debate in committees and a full debate on the floor", said Schumer.

The Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee predicted the legislation would pass overwhelmingly in the House after winning 98 votes in the Senate.

He has said the party leadership will unveil a "discussion draft" of the bill on Thursday.

Shila Stiefel, a Bismarck woman, obtained health insurance through Medicaid expansion in 2013 that enabled her to receive counseling for her addiction to opioid painkillers. "Conservatives who are in the know are going to know that this isn't repeal". Spicer offered no specifics but said Trump wants the Senate to "strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible". "At the end of the day, they're not going to be critical of how we got there".

The GOP also must navigate abortion policy.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have expressed major concerns about the bill going too far in rolling back Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, revoking federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Sen. Although he was named to the Senate group to rewrite the AHCA, Utah Sen. That might satisfy Republican senators from states that expanded their programs, but conservatives have wanted to halt the extra expenditures quickly.

That CBO "score" will estimate how many more people are likely to not have health insurance if the bill becomes law, how individual health plan premium rates will be affected, and the bill's cost to the federal government. And even Lyndon Johnson didn't know exactly what was going on until one of his staffers who was in the room reported to him what the House had actually done to it.



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