"We believe we all owe it to our constituents to pursue any bipartisan potential legislation because it profoundly impacts so many American lives".
Another twist: Tuesday's special congressional election in Georgia.
Against that background, McConnell's task this week is two-fold: finish a bill and convince enough people to back it. Ron Wyden (D-OR) retorted at a press conference that he'll now answer reporters' questions about Russian Federation by first talking about health care.
Lawmakers in the party plan to use a series of stall tactics to draw attention to the way Republicans are writing their version of the American Health Care Act and protest the policy changes that are expected to be in the bill.
Speaking to reporters at the Capitol this week, McConnell_who had previously vowed a much more open legislative process for the health care bill_denied there was any effort to hide the Senate legislation.
One sticking point in these deliberations is what will happen to patients who receive opioid treatment under expanded Medicaid. All of them except Collins also represent states which expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.
Also watch for the Medicaid expansion to be phased out more slowly than the steep cliff proposed by House Republicans.
"Health care is priority No. 1 right now", said Nicole Gill, executive director of Tax March, which organized more than 100 rallies across the country on April 15. David Perdue, R-Ga., said, according to The Hill, adding, "I don't want to wait until the last week... that's ridiculous". This bill taints everyone who touches it.
An all-male group of Senate Republicans has worked privately for months to craft its version of the House healthcare bill, which narrowly passed to the upper chamber in May, under increasing pressure from Trump. "A representative from McConnell's office told them staff schedules were too busy, according to representatives of several of the organizations", the Times reported. The plan has not been made public! On Sunday, he said that some of the health insurance coverage mandates would get rid by unveiling Obamacare replacement bill with an aim to bring down cost of insurance.
Senate Democrats have chose to muddle the chamber's work in a bid to highlight the closed-door nature of Republicans' health care negotiations. They believe blocking unrelated matters could shift the spotlight from Republicans' secretive process to Democratic obstruction. They have been trying to write a bill since May, when House Republicans barely passed a controversial - and largely unpopular - piece of legislation that Senate leadership promptly threw in the trash. She voted against Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill in 2015. Asked to clarify whether that meant before July, Barrasso said, "That's what he said". Martin Heinrich, Dianne Feinstein, and Kamala Harris - all members of the committee - have each tweeted more about Russian Federation than they have about health care, according to the Progressive Coders Network's statistics. Paul is already talking like he's leaning against anything that remotely looks like the House bill.
The House bill would, for the first time, cap the amount the federal government provides to states for their Medicaid programs.
Given the fact that the AHCA has consistently polled dismally, with many polls showing a majority of Americans disapprove of the House bill, the comments from Trump appear to be another concern that the healthcare debate could harm Republicans in the 2018 midterms.
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