Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Dems say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

Dems say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

He is responsible for the extreme secrecy of the health-care legislative process, which is reportedly created to reduce pressure on GOP senators from affected interest and advocacy groups, but is rapidly becoming a public-relations problem in itself.

The Republican National Committee blasted the Democrats' plan as a "pure partisan game aimed at placating the far-left".

Donald Trump meets with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"We will not stand idly by as ultra-conservatives in Washington try to roll back the progress we have made to expand access quality, affordable health care, putting our most vulnerable New Yorkers at risk", Cuomo said in a prepared statement.

The House-passed bill would ban the use of federal tax credits to purchase private coverage that includes abortion as a benefit.

If the Senate's version of Trumpcare resembles the one passed by the House last month, it could pose a significant threat to women's health.

"In no uncertain terms, a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a declaration of war on women", said Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at UltraViolet, the principal organizer of the sit-ins (visit UltraViolet's website for more information about the day of action). "This is a red-alert moment". That would bypass the usual 60-vote threshold and keep Democrats from blocking the measure.

The Senator gave his opinion on the earlier versions of the bill as well. The moment a GOP trio tells Mitch McConnell, "Either pursue health care in a legitimate way or we won't vote for it" is the moment the current Republican secrecy scheme ends. "It doesn't get better with age". Tax cuts for the wealthy. They also fear incurring White House retaliation.

While a good number of Senate GOP members have also expressed frustration about the closed-door process being used to pass the bill, none have publicly rejected the tactic.

The clock is ticking. Doctors and hospitals, on the other hand, could face a surge in uninsured patients if millions fewer Americans have health coverage. Ezra Levin, co-executive director of the Indivisible Project, says his group is planning sit-ins at senators' offices, letters to the editor and - if any Republicans hold public town hall meetings - a heavy presence of their advocates. "We understand this issue pretty well and we're now working on coming up with a solution". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Jeff Flake of Arizona; Susan Collins of Maine; Dean Heller of Nevada; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

One such method at the Democrats' disposal-and which they intend to use-is objecting to every GOP request for "unanimous consent" going forward. Reveal it too soon and criticism from outside conservative groups, independent reviews and Democrats could have the bill unravel before it hits the floor.

McConnell's office said they had no comment regarding the Democrats' plan.

The details shouldn't be secret until the last minute before a vote.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health care system.

I have urged my Republican colleagues to join me in an effort to bring down health care costs. "We believe we all owe it to our constituents to pursue any bipartisan potential legislation because it profoundly impacts so many American lives".

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