Republicans' Secret Healthcare Bill Is Being Protested By Democrats In Senate

Obamacare in 2018 Many will pay the price

The Community Catalyst Action Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Boston, plans to launch a $1.5 million TV and radio advertising campaign Monday, calling on five GOP senators to vote against the emerging ACA repeal and replace healthcare bill, reports The Washington Post. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, left, and Sen. Doing it that way only requires a simple majority vote, meaning at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators would have to vote for it.

Senate Republicans might move forward with a plan to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House's health care bill, which could be a major blow for Senate moderates.

Although the House narrowly passed its own healthcare legislation, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), last month, the Senate immediately made a decision to draft its own bill rather than take up the AHCA.

Up for re-election in 2018 in a state Hillary Clinton won, Heller is perhaps one of the most vulnerable Republicans in this health care debate. John Thune, R-S.D., the third ranking member of Republican leadership and member of one of the congressional committees drafting the legislation, is scheduled to appear at a separate fundraising event at the D.C. lobbying offices of the utility firm Southern Company. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has announced his intention to have the Senate vote on the legislation by month's end, though major internal divisions in the GOP persist, and that timeline is in doubt.

While the party's liberal wing is demanding that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and his team shut the Senate down, Schumer has made no decision and often tries to forge consensus in his caucus before executing party strategy.

The GOP-run House narrowly approved its version of the legislation last month. Even more so, they complain, investigations into Russian election meddling and Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey have crowded health care off the front pages.

Like many conservatives, Cruz believes that in order to bring down the cost of health insurance, lawmakers need to repeal as numerous Obamacare-era regulations as possible.

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Democrats furious with Republican secrecy planned to bring Senate business to a halt Monday night to protest President Donald Trump's party crafting a back-room Obamacare repeal plan and refusing to hold public hearings about it.

Pressed on the lack of committee hearings or input by a reporter, he described the Senate GOP working group as "a committee of the whole".

Meanwhile, a Fourth of July recess deadline looms for Republicans to vote on a healthcare proposal.

McConnell's office did not respond to a request for comment over his fundraising schedule. But GOP senators still disagree on a number of key issues, such as what to do with Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, taxes and tax credits.

It's unclear exactly how close Senate Republicans are to finalizing their healthcare bill, which they are looking to pass with zero Democratic support.

That's why we have backed congressional efforts to forge a better law to offer Americans more choices and states more leeway to help citizens gain coverage.

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