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Health bill behind closed doors — Sunshine therapy

21 Juin 2017

The establishment of a system of universal, free health care for all requires placing the entire health care system-the private insurers, pharmaceuticals, giant health care chains-under public ownership, managed democratically to serve human needs, not profit.

The bill is furthermore anticipated to raise health care premiums for Americans in lower socioeconomic brackets.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell following the weekly GOP policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

"This would be just one step", he added, referring to a possible Senate vote next week. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday.

In the end, those goals appear to be aligned.

There will be changes. In that sense, the Republicans have invented nothing new.

The No. 3 Republican, Sen. "People didn't want to have to buy this product".

If the legislation closely resembles the House bill - which President Trump recently described as "mean" - polls suggest it would be unpopular in North Dakota. How can you reconcile a state law that says you have to cover abortions and a federal program that says you can't receive any funding if you cover abortions? With transparency and accountability? Once in control of the White House and Congress, there was no way to reconcile their various commitments on the campaign trail and other differences into a single "replace" bill. You can help your Senator draft those amendments by writing one yourself at ouramendments.org.

The survey - which included a national sample of more than 2,400 registered voters - consisted of a questionnaire breaking the proposed law down into significant issue areas and separated participants out in a breakdown of Congressional districts ranging from very red to very blue, and also accounted for party registration (Republican, Democrat, and independent). "Because as we learned in civics, the House and the Senate have to agree on the same language".

According to Bloomberg, the senator said he has yet to meet anyone who has seen the Senate GOP's health care bill.

McConnell brushed off questions about transparency. Heller is pushing his colleagues for a longer transition period away from Medicaid - seven or even 10 years. Everybody pretty well understands it.

McConnell told reporters that he would "lay out a discussion draft Thursday morning; you'll be able to take a look at it" - but he declined to discuss the specifics.

That argument rings hollow with some of his fellow Republicans. "Now we're doing the same thing".

Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Lehigh, called talks on the bill "a work in progress".

McConnell did not indicate he had the majority votes yet for passage. "I think this will be about as transparent as it can be", McConnell told reporters. Thune said "it's high time we turned the page on this failed Obamacare experiment".

Cory Fritz, a spokesman for Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House foreign affairs committee, said the committee is reviewing the bill. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it would be "a non-starter" if the developing bill's subsidies are as large as Obama's. A number of them, like Maine's Susan Collins, have voiced their concerns about the mysterious negotiations and plans for a rapid vote.

In addition to Lee, two other conservatives were also complaining.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson was happy enough to make the point himself. Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said on Tuesday that the White House and congressional Republicans were working to get a tax reform bill to the floor of Congress during the first two weeks of September. He knows that he can pass the bill with just 50 Republicans and a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

Democrats and liberals are incensed that Senate Republicans are aiming to vote on an Obamacare replacement package prior to the July 4th recess. They're all going to oppose it, but they can't ultimately stop it from eventually getting an up-or-down vote. Democrats have also criticized the behind-the-scenes meetings, staging a protest on the Senate floor on Monday. They have entirely avoided the committee process, and have even so far left the contents of the bill a secret.

Outside Democratic activists associated with Indivisible are calling for Democrats to use every procedural tactic available to slow down debate. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is governor of Colorado. That might satisfy Republican senators from states that expanded their programs, but conservatives have wanted to halt the extra expenditures quickly. Whatever version of "Trumpcare" eventually passes the Senate will only take the tendencies already present in Obamacare and make them worse: imposing more and more of the cost of health care on individual workers and their families.