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Senate Obamacare Repeal Vote Could Happen As Soon As Next Week

Senate Obamacare Repeal Vote Could Happen As Soon As Next Week

"If Republicans won't relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate".

In addition the new obstructionism, the Democrats will be holding a "talkathon" Monday night.

The Republican health care bill could be voted on as early as next week - ahead of the July 4th recess - without any committee hearings or public input.

And not only have the Republicans been crafting this massive piece of legislation in total secrecy, but the uncertainty surrounding their efforts have wreaked havoc on the health care system already in place.

Several moderate GOP Senators who represent states that have accepted Medicaid expansion plans per the Affordable Care Act have expressed concern over the drastic Medicaid cuts included in the AHCA. Democratic senators will also make floor speeches late Monday on the subject.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that the closed-door Republican meetings on healthcare amounted to "the most glaring departure from normal legislative procedure that I have ever seen".

Donald Trump and Republicans now own health care, and they ae likely to pay a severe price for it going into the 2018 midterm elections.




While GOP senators aren't objecting to the process as vehemently as Democrats, a number of Republicans, including Sen. The rules of the Senate are so complicated that Senators have to regularly consent to waiving some of them so that they can actually get work done.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell organized a 13-person working group to rewrite the House-passed measure.

Democrats say the closed talks are a tacit acknowledgment by Republicans that their efforts are unpopular. "Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple". That way, they can sit in a room and hash out a new healthcare bill.

"Improvements should be based on a set of guiding principles ... which include controlling costs and stabilizing the market, that will positively impact the coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction", the letter stated.

Still, Senate Republicans badly want to take up other priorities such as overhauling the country's tax code.

Polls have said that a majority of Americans disapprove of the Obamacare replacement that has passed the House of Representatives and that Senate Republicans are now considering.

His spokesman says it looks like the proposal doesn't do enough for education, economic development and the middle class. "Thankfully, at the end of this process, the Senate will finally have a chance to turn the page on this failed law".


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