Senate Obamacare Repeal Vote Could Happen As Soon As Next Week

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

McConnell's office demurred when asked about the Democratic strategy.

One aide stressed that, at this point, no final decisions had been made, but the option was on the table and would be discussed this week as members attempt to coalesce around a final proposal.

Republicans contend the secret Senate negotiations give them time and space free from scrutiny to hash out the significant and serious differences among themselves over contentious issues, such as phasing out Medicaid expansion and determining the plan's coverage requirements.

Democrats will grind Senate business to a halt in a protest against Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. But it will force Republicans to answer for what Democrats say is a rushed process and bad policy.

"Will it be more than 10 hours?"

Murkowski has been frank about her frustration with how the Senate is crafting their health care bill. He said the entire Senate Republican conference has been "active and engaged" for months on legislation that would stabilize insurance markets, remove mandates to buy insurance, and preserve access to care for those with pre-existing conditions. I won't go too far into the weeds only to say. Many Democrats have referred to the AHCA as "Trumpcare".

Heller is the one Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 from a state that backed Hillary Clinton for president a year ago. It should tell you something that major, major legislation is being written at this moment, and most Republicans don't have a clue as to what's in that legislation, let alone Democrats, let alone the average American. If the presiding officer were to appeal to the Senate parliamentarian - the resident expert on the rules of order - the recommendation would likely be the same. "I don't know where he stands on it", said Bullock. An infinite vote-a-rama might be in keeping with the letter of the law, but not, importantly, the spirit. Rep. Greg Walden of OR, who helped shepherd the party's health-care overhaul bill through the House last month, sat down with Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal's White House reporter, to offer his take on where the effort stands. And by asking for unanimous consent, they'd have McConnell on record objecting to giving the bill a hearing.

His comments come as Senate Republicans are working hard to finalize legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, without a formal, open drafting session. But Republicans have struggled to coalesce around a bill, with moderates and conservatives pushing in different directions.

And I think what this is, Kelly, is Democrats responding to the pressure they're getting from progressive activists who frankly wanted them to be more aggressive all along and that they've anxious that while Republicans have been moving forward with their health care bill, everyone's attention has been focused elsewhere, namely the Russian Federation investigations.

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