Senate close to vote on dismantle health law

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Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

"So I say to the Republican leadership: what are you afraid of?"

Tuesday afternoon Republican Sen. In these sessions lawmakers are trying to resolve internal disputes over how to reduce the insurance coverage standards that Obama's law requires, cut the Medicaid health care program for the poor and eliminate taxes Obama levied on higher earners and the medical industry.

"Senate Republicans are hiding their health care bill for one reason only: it's an immoral disaster that will likely take health care away from more than 20 million Americans", Gillum said. As of Tuesday morning, key rank-and-file Senate Republicans have still not gotten official word on the timing of a vote.

More than 50 health care and disability organizations from Kansas sent a letter last week to Roberts and Moran urging them not to vote for the AHCA unless there are major changes to the House version.

In the op-ed, Hatch details exactly how reconciliation allows a majority party to abuse parliamentary power, and why it's inappropriate for health care. That includes 99,000 people with opioid dependence who gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion.

"I'm not going to get into private discussions that he's had", Spicer said. "What are they supposed to do about these other things?"

Instead, they will have to wait - along with most Republican Senators - to see the bill later this week. In 2010 and now, both sides say they were forced into secrecy by a minority party that wanted only to stall.

He said a separate pool to fund opioid treatment outside of Medicaid is "not optimal".

"We were in Yoder's campaign commercial", Mast said.

Republicans are getting ready for Senate votes on legislation scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday among growing indications that the climactic vote could occur next week. Shelley Moore Capito's state of West Virginia has been particularly ravaged by opioid addiction, and leans heavily on services provided through Medicaid.

"We have zero cooperation from the Democrats", he told reporters.

"I just don't know how it's going to end up right now", Corker said.

USA health care costs have soared to $3.2 trillion a year (or almost 20 percent of GDP) and consume an ever larger share of family budgets.

"They're assuming that there'd be no cost increase with that $45 billion and the cost increases are huge", Frank said. Republican congressional leaders are following President Trump's lead and refusing to comment about the decisions they are making about Americans' health care behind closed doors. And we've had a battle really since the founding through today of the tradeoff between that secrecy that some people think is required for good governing and transparency and accountability which many people think is equally important for our democracy to work.

McConnell can only lose two Republican senators - any more than that and Senate leaders will fail to repeal Obamacare. Conservatives want to gut the PPACA's regulations as much as possible.

"Certainly his premise is that Democrats don't want to have anything to do with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and it's because what they're doing is a bunch of partisan nonsense to notch up a political and partisan victory", the Wisconsin senator told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on "Newsroom".

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