McConnell To Release Repeal And Replace Bill Thursday

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 22, 2017

They fear McConnell will jam the legislation through the Senate with little debate, limiting their chance to scrutinize the bill and whip up opposition against it. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks about the health overhaul following a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Johnson now serves on the GOP working group that is drafting the Senate version of the American Health Care Act.

The poll shows 65 percent of voters want Republicans to work with Democrats to reach bipartisan reforms, while 18 percent want Republicans to only work with other GOP members of Congress. But it wasn't yet clear Wednesday evening whether the waivers would go so far as allowing insurers to charge patients with preexisting conditions more - or even denying them coverage altogether.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday that he "can't imagine" voting for a health care bill next week, even as Senate Republican leaders say that's when they could seek a vote on a measure - the contents of which remain secret.

The concern among members of the president's own party come as the Senate prepares to publicly release the Senate legislation on Thursday, which White House spokesman Sean Spicer admitted on Wednesday the president hasn't even seen yet. Paul said he won't know how he will vote until the bill is released to legislators later this week. No one outside that room knows the details of the plan, but it is expected that it will be similar to the disastrous bill already passed by the House, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will add 23 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured in less than ten years and quickly push premiums for middle-aged Americans into the stratosphere. Senate Republicans have been working behind closed doors for weeks on legislation aimed at repealing and replacing major portions of Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

Collins said the Senate bill may be more generous than the House version, because the tax credits it will provide for the purchase of health insurance are expected to be adjusted for income, instead of just for age.

"I've made leadership well aware of the fact that I need information to make the final decision", Sen.

It would also largely retain the subsidies Obama provided to help millions buy insurance, which are pegged mostly to people's incomes and the premiums they pay.

"If we went and got the single greatest healthcare plan in the history of the world, we would not get one Democrat vote", Trump said.

Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto say they want a bill that keeps Nevada's Medicaid expansion program in place.

It cuts all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. And in the end, if it's good for Florida, good for America, and better than Obamacare, I'll be supportive of it.

"I can not say what I would vote for if I haven't seen it", Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), however, said GOP lawmakers were looking at ways to get around that.

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