GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

He said the health care plan his party would craft would be awesome and so much better than Obamacare.

In response, Gillum released a statement giving somewhat backhanded praise to Rubio for cautioning against ramming a health care bill through the Senate. "That's an issue", she said. Many Democrats have referred to the AHCA as "Trumpcare". And another conservative, Sen.

Reuters reports that the Democrats took turns to rebuke the closed door meetings that Republicans have been holding to formulate modalities for replacement of Obamacare.

President Donald Trump has been eager for quick action, although in a closed-door luncheon with 15 GOP senators last week, he described a House-passed bill as "mean". And Alaska moderate Lisa Murkowski said she didn't know how she'd vote, adding, "I have no idea what the deal is".

Asked whether he had seen the bill being put together in secret, McCain answered he hadn't.

Democrats concede that Obama's prized statute needs changes to shore up some regional markets where insurers are losing money.

The CBO in May estimated that the AHCA would strip 23 million Americans of their health coverage over the next decade, but also would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the same duration. Many Republican senators dodged questions about specific pieces of the bill June 20, saying they needed to see a more final version. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. But somemoderates have raised concerns that the bill may go too far in scaling back funding for the Medicaid health program for the poor, eliminate funding for the women's health organization Planned Parenthood and weakening protections for people with so-called "pre-existing conditions".

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Though McConnell did not schedule the vote for next week, some Republicans said they believed he would hold it either way. McConnell is heading a committee of 13 Republican senators that will work on the bill. Conservatives believe that in order to do that, Senate Republicans need to repeal numerous Obamacare regulations including community rating, which bars insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their health care coverage.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected to give senators a draft of the bill on Thursday.

"Will it be more than 10 hours?"

Another survey, also released Wednesday, found that majorities of voters oppose all the key provisions found in the House bill - even in congressional districts that voted strongly for Republicans in recent elections.

"I think we'll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill", McConnell answered each time.

"He made it clear from the beginning that that was one of his priorities", Spicer said.

Three of the senate's most conservative members are criticizing the ongoing process to reform Obamacare, suggesting that the legislation will likely stall without transparency and strong conservative input.

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