GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

Spicer added, "And as the Senate works its way through this bill ... any ideas are welcome to strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible, and deliver the care that it needs".

Lacking the votes to stop it, Democrats are criticizing the still-evolving bill as a stealthy measure that GOP leaders want to rush through the chamber before anyone knows what's really in it. Mitch McConnell could schedule hours of open hearings on the Senate's version of the American Health Care Act like the Democrats did with the Affordable Care Act. The heart of legislation was worked out in the House in the ways and means committee where the chairman, Wilbur Mills, a Democrat from Arkansas, basically took an administration proposal that had been the subject of hearings, took it behind closed doors and totally transformed the bill, turning it into what we have today.

Among the critics has been Sen. "So that'll be the final decision, I think".

"I think there is a chance that they think this Russian Federation story is going to be the dominant narrative over the course of 2017 and 2018, so if they get this thing done as quickly as possible with as little public debate, maybe the public's attention and the media's attention will very quickly shift", said Senator Chris Murphy during an interview on MSNBC yesterday. Marco Rubio, who questioned the lack of transparency in the process.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has had many ups and downs in the recent past, making comments that at times appeared nonsensical.

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Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Majority Whip John Cornyn exited a meeting of the Senate GOP caucus Tuesday afternoon and told reporters that there is now no consensus among members on what the final version of the bill ought to look like.

"If our bill comes in with greater subsidies than Obamacare, it makes it hard for conservatives to support a bill that actually has greater subsidies than Obamacare", Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) labeled the House bill as "Ryancare" and "Obamacare-Lite". Though, unlike Democrats, his concern is that Republicans are attempting to change the repeal/replace effort to please the most moderate Republicans rather than provide the full replacement lawmakers on the right promised conservative voters for years. "President Donald Trump and this Congress will keep their promise to the American people, and we will repeal and replace Obamacare", Pence told a meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, posted a Facebook message Tuesday to his constituents, who have been asking about the Senate bill. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks about the health overhaul following a closed-door strateg.

"It will be different and take a different approach based upon these endless discussions we've had with the only people interested in changing the law, which is Republican senators", McConnell responded. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer attacked saying "Republicans are writing their healthcare bill under the cover of darkness because they are ashamed of it". Another possibility was letting states drop some coverage requirements Obama's law imposes on insurers, they said.

But McConnell also expressed very different values about legislative process in January 2010, telling MSNBC, "The reason the American people didn't accept [the ACA] is 'cause they knew it had no bipartisan support, in addition to the fact that it was an bad proposal cooked up behind closed doors with a whole lot of special deals".