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Senate Democrats weigh blockade to protest GOP health care plan

Now Republicans in the Senate are trying to ram through their own version of health care reform, moving so quickly, secretly and cynically as to put the House to shame in their mastery of the dark arts. That was an extraordinary slap at legislation that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., guided through the House and that Trump himself had championed and praised at a Rose Garden ceremony.It turns out the bill wasn’t DOA; it was only sleeping. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those efforts. “I don’t know”, Murkowski said.The door to the hearing room might be closed, but, by now, everyone should be able to see what’s going on.”We believe we all owe it to our constituents to meet to discuss your potential legislation that would profoundly impact so many American lives”, the New York Democrat said in a letter sent to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Friday.We hope she keeps speaking out and influencing the process in a way that would benefit Mainers. It defies everything that various GOP senators said last month. Price said he did not have that exact number “on the tip of my tongue”. “We think it’s critical that Americans across the country understand what’s at stake for them and their families if the U.S. Senate passes this bill”.”This is not like fine wine”, said Lindsey Graham of SC.”Mr. Secretary, it’s very clear that you’re not going to stand by your comments or by the president’s”. It’s shameful, but McConnell is the guy who cheated Merrick Garland out of a Supreme Court seat, so shame is not a problem for him.By contrast, the Affordable Care Act, which has been attacked for being rushed and overly partisan, was subject to six months of hearings before several committees after it was introduced, and was debated on the floor of the Senate for 25 straight days before it passed. “Through this approach, we not only trade goods, but ideas”. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., complained last week. “It’s a enormous transfer of wealth – probably one of the greatest in a short time in recent American history – where you have millions of people across the country who have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and are protected under Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, and you’re taking that away”, King said. During his campaign, he promised to make no cuts to Medicaid. It would eliminate coverage for many pre-existing conditions.The tuition increases will be less than they’ve been in the past, Folk said.The secret Senate version reportedly preserves most of the mean stuff but stretches out the implementation from three years to as many as seven.”It was the worst piece of legislation frankly against working class people that I can remember in my political life in the Congress. Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance is beyond belief”, said Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination previous year to Hillary Clinton.No wonder they’re keeping it quiet.