Senate Republicans in a Mad Dash to Pass Healthcare

Senate Republicans in a Mad Dash to Pass Healthcare

"The president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it", Spicer said.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said Tuesday morning he had heard from the "rumor mill" that he would see the text later this week but had not heard that from McConnell.

Schumer reiterated his call for McConnell's 52-seat caucus to meet with Democrats to negotiate an alternative to Obamacare, instead of continuing the majority's current tack of working out a version of the House GOP's American Healthcare Act through internal deliberations to ensure its passage with or without minority votes.

Senate Republicans are in the final stages of producing a sweeping rewrite of the nation's health-care laws after weeks of highly secretive deliberations and lingering frustration among the rank and file over how to fulfill the party's signature campaign promise of the last seven years.

According to multiple Democratic aides, Schumer and other Democrats will use Trump's remarks - which were largely overshadowed by the shooting of a congressman and four others last week at an Alexandria baseball practice - during Senate floor speeches, on social media and at press events throughout the week.

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they've yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they'll need to avert an embarrassing defeat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday recalled the process of passing the Affordable Care Act differently, calling it "very partisan from the beginning".

Republicans are hoping for a vote on the Senate version of the American Health Care Act as soon as next week, before Congress's recess for July 4. It remains uncertain McConnell will be able to do that, but both parties respect his ability to keep his party unified and count votes.

He also told CBS News in 2010: "The negotiations are obviously being done in secret and the American people really just want to know what they are trying to hide".

Senate Democrats are working hard to pressure their GOP counterparts for healthcare hearings amid an atmosphere of secrecy regarding the in-process American Health Care Bill.

If the bill loses support among two of more Republicans, it won't pass.

There were plenty of hiccups that Democratic leaders resolved or tried to settle privately. "Without backroom deals struck behind closed doors, hidden from the people?"

"This radical departure from normal procedure on a bill of such outcome leaves the Senate minority little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well", Schumer said.

The bill's release comes just one day after insurers' deadlines to decide whether they'll participate in state-based individual exchanges, which have been rocked by insurers pulling out and big premium spikes. That would mean Republicans would have roughly a week to review the legislation-which some are comfortable with, and others not so much. By doing so, Democrats aim to send the GOP healthcare bill to a committee for public debate and amendment, he said in the report. "They don't dare let voters see this bill". "I think our decision not to set artificial deadlines was the right decision", he said.

Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate from Pennsylvania who voted against the House health care bill, said that many members were "taken aback" when they read what the President said.

Though McConnell did not schedule the vote for next week, some Republicans said they believed he would hold it either way.



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