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Senate Democrats Begin Effort to Slow Down GOP Health Care Bill

However, Republican President Donald Trump last week urged the Senate to pass a more generous replacement program.But other Democrats said they wanted to escalate the fight to give more prominence to the GOP’s closed-door process of drafting health care legislation, which Republican leaders want to pass by month’s end.The move by Democrats comes after polling showed health care could be a poisonous issue for congressional Republicans in next year’s midterm elections.No draft bill has yet been made available, though a variety of details have emerged in recent weeks on how Republicans might alter a House-passed health bill.Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has said he would like to hold a vote before the chamber leaves for a week-long recess over the Fourth of July holiday.The strategy is a 180-degree shift from the Republican position during the 2009-2010 debate on Barack Obama’s health care reforms, when the party demanded transparency at every step of the extended process.Heller is the one Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 from a state that backed Hillary Clinton for president past year. “People (are) working in secret on a bill that they’re going to try to force through Congress with no public input, no hearings, no meetings, no markups, no debate, no public accountability”, he said in the talk-a-thon, which dragged into a fifth hour.”Nobody can defend a process, which will impact tens of millions of Americans, and nobody even knows what’s in the [legislation]…” Some have begun speaking out.”If it is an effort to rush it from a small group of people, straight to the floor in an up or down vote, that would be a problem”, the senator from Florida told CNN on Sunday.In a series of videos and social media posts with the hashtag #AmericaSpeaksOut, Senate Democrats highlighted the draconian provisions of the bill, and the Americans who would be targeted as it wipes out health insurance for over 23 million people.Republican sources on Capitol Hill today are expressing confidence their bill will be put forward next week.The Senate’s GOP plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is expected to phase out Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid and reduce federal subsidies for buying insurance on the private market. But with no text finalised, it remains a guessing game. It should tell you something that major, major legislation is being written at this moment, and most Republicans don’t have a clue as to what’s in that legislation, let alone Democrats, let alone the average American. “13 dudes in secret, then Republican lobbyists, then CBO, then you and me. Bring that bill out”.McConnell, in a Senate floor speech, said Obamacare has increased costs and reduced choice, causing Americans to drop coverage.