Sanders Signals Backing of Senate Slowdown Over Health-Care Bill

Cameron Gross
June 20, 2017

The ads, a seven-figure buy by Save My Care, a group that has served as an umbrella for much of the Democratic effort to preserve the Affordable Care Act and oppose the GOP repeal-and-replace bid, cast the Republican senators as "a deciding vote".

To that end, McConnell fast-tracked the health bill by implementing Senate "Rule 14", which allows the Senate to bypass the committee process - and thus a full committee debate - by placing it on the senate calendar for a vote.

The Republican didn't say why, exactly, it has to be this way, but a day earlier, Sen.

The Senate is supposed to vote on the bill sometime before July 4, which might seem like enough time for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to analyze and score the bill, but in reality, it doesn't mean anything because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and co. just would not release the details of the new bill.

But the Republicans correctly chastised the Democrats on Capitol Hill for implementing such a significant a piece of legislation that only reflected one side of the aisle.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, lamented in an interview with online news site Vox that she couldn't even answer basic questions about the bill.

Meadows, who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said, "I have no knowledge of the president characterizing the health care bill in any other way than to suggest that we need to lower premiums and protect people with pre-existing conditions".

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"There's not the will to move forward with it", House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said of including income tax reductions in the revenue bill (Senate Bill 1017).

It remains unclear if any GOP lawmakers will try to hold up the health care legislation, however, as no Republican senator has yet demanded publicly that McConnell slow down or hold hearings on the legislation.

The Senate's GOP majority hasn't released its own plan yet, and it's unclear if they will.

West Virginia's House on Friday affirmed its support for more limited tax changes than the Senate had passed, continuing their impasse on any tax changes. "Put the bill out there and let us debate it and let us amend it". If Collins and other Republicans stand up now, that's the kind of process that could get underway. Call their offices and let them know you don't want to lose your healthcare to a law that nobody has seen. "That admission is another positive step from a party that, until now, has been wedded to the unsustainable status quo and its consequences for families across the country", he said, urging Democrats to "propose ideas" to solve existing problems with Obamacare. Leibenluft, now at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says individual reporters on the health care beat are doing good work, but their stories are getting limited attention. And in the last minute, they present it.

That is what makes the current GOP effort so remarkable, he said.

"I think I would have preferred that it go through committee", Paul said.

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