"I think we'll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill", McConnell responded, repeating himself. Lamar Alexander's office twice in the past week with questions - first general, then more specific - and gotten the same prepared statement each time, a list of vague "goals" with no details about how they might be achieved.
The Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has led to a standoff in the Senate. Collins - to her credit - has criticized the secrecy shrouding the Senate health care bill.
The more I thought about it, the more I liked that analogy.
"So I say to the Republican leadership: what are you afraid of?" McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion draft" of a GOP-only bill scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law by Thursday. That would bypass the usual 60-vote threshold and keep Democrats from blocking the measure.
Schumer reiterated his call for McConnell's 52-seat caucus to meet with Democrats to negotiate an alternative to Obamacare, instead of continuing the majority's current tack of working out a version of the House GOP's American Healthcare Act through internal deliberations to ensure its passage with or without minority votes.More news: Former Florida QB Will Grier eligible for West Virginia season-opener
And there are real limitations on how much delaying will even be in order at that point. Again, I don't want to prejudge and I would have liked, as you already know, for this to be a more open process and have committee hearings, but that's not what we're doing. Doesn't that worry you as a reporter? "I don't know if that's the right thing to do".
"This is going to be a long evening because there are a lot of folks who are frustrated", said Sen.
"It might be time to get the copier out", he said.
The congressman said getting input from the public and businesses could help craft a better health care bill.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee - on which both Welch and Harper serve as members - last month initiated an investigation of the 340B program, questioning whether the federal agency responsible for the program is effectively overseeing it. Lawmakers had hoped to pass legislation in June, but Senate leaders in particular are wary of bringing the user fee bill to the floor before they figure out next steps on replacing the ACA.More news: California mom attacked child in attempted exorcism
The bill should largely resemble the House's version, with millions of Americans likely to lose insurance but major savings coming via the gutting of Medicaid expansion. "That 14 percent includes 27 percent of voters in families with household income below $30,000, 18 percent of working class families and 14 percent of middle-class families", the poll said.
Trump had applauded the last-minute deal that allowed states to waive requirements that insurers cover essential health benefits, and a key protection for people with pre-existing conditions known as community rating. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said GOP senators will be briefed on the emerging bill Wednesday and he expects to see the legislation the next day, about a week before a vote occurs.
The alliance said, "True repeal of Obamacare means the Obamacare taxes and the Senate should resist the urge to deprive taxpayers of relief to pay for higher spending".
The GOP also must navigate abortion policy.
Last week, in a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the rising price of pharmaceuticals, Democrats on the panel repeatedly demanded the bill go through the committee process. That tactic could slow down Senate business, including committee work.More news: Jos Buttler's incredible six helps England to Champions Trophy win
An analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office - issued after the Republican-controlled House approved the measure - said the bill, if it became law, would in 10 years leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance than would be the case if the ACA remained in place.
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