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Democrats battle GOP over under-wraps health care bill

22 June 2017

The 2010 law extended insurance coverage to millions of Americans through both subsidized private insurance and an expansion of Medicaid.

Spicer added, "And as the Senate works its way through this bill ... any ideas are welcome to strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible, and deliver the care that it needs". The Obamacare repeal and replace mantra was one which President Trump and his team chanted throughout the 2016 election campaign, making it a major campaign promise Americans await the fulfilment of.

Republicans are getting ready for Senate votes on legislation scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday among growing indications that the climactic vote could occur next week.

I haven't seen the bill and it's become increasingly apparent in the last few days even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing the bill within this working group, it's apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he wanted to read the bill and discuss it with constituents before he votes.

He fiercely opposed the House version, and McConnell likely won't look to him for support, which means he'll need nearly every other Senate Republican to vote in favor of the measure. A vote could come as soon as next week, several senators said.

Moderates who are on the fence about whether to support the Obamacare overhaul are likely to be pleased at the bill's approach to subsidies because they would be based on financial need, potentially preserving coverage for more people who got insured under the ACA.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. Republicans are also battling over how best to remake the Medicaid program, with key vote senators like Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia sounding skittish about Medicaid reductions. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday afternoon. And even those Republicans who did not like the House plan said that it is probably an improvement over the current healthcare system.

Senate Republicans gave themselves the goal of having the new bill passed by the July 4th recess, but as it gets closer their timeline is getting more hard to reach.

"We'll delve into it, have a lot more to say about it". Conservatives such as Sen.

But Republicans aren't doing any of that in this case because there is only one policy detail that really matters to the GOP- and that is producing a bill that will eliminate two taxes on the richest Americans. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week.

As Democrats made a series of motions that McConnell turned aside, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., twice asked the GOP leader to ensure Democrats will have more than 10 hours to study and debate the bill before the vote.

That led House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, to stop him, demand that members not "question each other's integrity" or "yell at each other" during floor debate and say that she'll be enforcing rules of decorum in the chamber.

Democrats battle GOP over under-wraps health care bill