Senate Democrats united in trying to defeat "mean" GOP health care bill

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Senate Republicans are finally set to unveil the healthcare bill.

The American Health Care Act, the Republican-majority House of Representatives Obamacare replacement passed on May 4, phases out enhanced funding for the Medi-Cal expansion population and changes funding for the entire program to a block grant or per capita caps.

"The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote", Sen.

Democrats accuse Republicans of sabotaging the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and say the Republican healthcare bill is aimed at cutting taxes for the wealthy.

Republican senators hit back at their Democratic colleagues Tuesday, just a day after Democrats held the Senate floor in protest of a yet-to-be-seen health care bill.

McCain's allusion to the various Moscow investigations engulfing the Trump administration reflected the frustration among many Republicans Tuesday that the Senate working group has presented no information or draft of a healthcare bill.

"At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump "clearly wants a bill that has heart". A vote could come as soon as next week, several senators said.

Trump's comment was made just before the shooting at the GOP Congressional baseball practice last week, so it hasn't gotten as much media attention as would normally be expected, but Senate Democrats are making sure that such a ideal moment doesn't get swept under the rug.

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McConnell has been tight-lipped about the drafting process, allowing the measure to be made public only a few days before the Senate is expected to vote on it. That's a crucial problem for the GOP because many Republican senators are demanding such restrictions.

Here are the Republican senators who may decide the fate of the health care bill, and where they now stand. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, defended the process and said the criticism is "overblown".

Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said she wanted to read an assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on its impact on cost and insurance coverage before making her decision.

"Frankly, we don't care if it's the ACA or the AHCA as long as it gives us the ability to cover more people, get them access to care and not lose money", Hilferty said. They're all going to oppose it, but they can't ultimately stop it from eventually getting an up-or-down vote.

There were also rumblings of discontent by some conservatives. Sen.

Either way, the health care debate is likely to continue into July if the Senate can pass a bill next week.

"I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader and with key senators so I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not", said Spicer.

"It would completely de-stabilize the Covered California individual market, and there are also policies being proposed that would reduce protections for people in employee-sponsored coverage, " she said. But at least seven GOP senators - including Maine's Susan Collins, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Nevada's Dean Heller, Ohio's Rob Portman, Nebraska's Ben Sasse, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy - have all expressed concern about the bill.

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