Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Senate GOP May Risk Quick Vote on ObamaCare

Senate GOP May Risk Quick Vote on ObamaCare

Given the opposition of all Senate Democrats to repealing Obamacare, McConnell will need to win the support of at least 50 of the chamber's 52 Republicans to ensure passage.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected to have a draft of the bill ready Thursday.

"We have to act, and we are", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

The sanctions measure passed 98-2 with only Sens.

McConnell's ability to assess and line up votes is considered masterful, and he's eager to pass legislation fulfilling a keystone campaign promise of President Donald Trump and countless GOP congressional candidates. "At the end of the day, that doesn't preclude my responsibilities as a senator to either vote yes or no based on the substance that's in it".

"I'm hearing lots of conflicting information", said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, using a Facebook video for an unusually public swipe at GOP leaders.

Sen. Bob Corker also said that while he would have liked to have seen a "more open process", he has a responsibility as a senator to vote on the bill.

"I think we'll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill".

That echoed Democrats' lambasting of McConnell for writing the wide-ranging legislation in closed-door meetings.

O'Halleran said the health care bill process should be similar to another issue looming over Washington, D.C.: tax reform. These include a bipartisan bill the Senate approved last week sanctioning Russian Federation for interfering in last year's election, and the deal McConnell and then-Vice President Joe Biden helped finalize preventing sharp tax increases in 2013.

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Three pollsters projected turnout to be at 42-43 percent at the close of polling, a record low in the post-war Fifth Republic. The conservative Republicans and their allies are the main opposition group in parliament, winning 136 seats.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats will object to requests for "unanimous consent" to set aside rules and expedite proceedings. Another possibility was letting states drop some coverage requirements Obama's law imposes on insurers, they said. What new policy will lead tax cuts to lower premiums?

The secretive effort has alarmed Senate Democrats and even some Republicans.

Last week, Republicans discussed insurance-market stabilization in the short term as well as how to overhaul Medicaid and wind down its expansion, according to the article.

Lacking the votes to stop it, Democrats are criticizing the still-evolving bill as a stealthy measure that GOP leaders want to rush through the chamber before anyone knows what's really in it.

"The leadership has made it clear we're going to vote", Thune said.

"Will it be more than ten hours?"

While the media is consumed with all things Putin, Comey, Mueller, Trump and Russia, Senate Republicans have used this (understandable) distraction to their advantage, working behind closed doors to craft their version of the House plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Spicer offered no specifics but said Trump wants the Senate to "strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible".

While the idea might help convince conservatives like Sens.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has already been critical of the plan. "I have no idea what the deal is".

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