Senate Dems plan to jam up business to protest health push

AFL-CIO launches big phone campaign vs. Senate GOP's stealth health bill

"Republicans must solve the immediate crisis in the individual markets and take time to write a responsible health care bill". Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and comes with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to be as close to 50 votes as possible before he unveils his legislation.

With a self-imposed July 4 deadline, the senate is under the gun to get a health reform bill written quickly, but Democrats are plotting ways to slow down the senate action to protest what they say is a closed door process.

Although the House narrowly passed its own healthcare legislation, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), last month, the Senate immediately chose to draft its own bill rather than take up the AHCA. "Either way, what we've seen is since 2008, basically, there's been a Republican-led assault on the idea of health care in this country".

Now, however, some Republicans fear the comment may actually come back to haunt them.

Supporters of the Senate bill say patients with pre-existing conditions would still be covered.

If the Senate's version of Trumpcare resembles the one passed by the House last month, it could pose a significant threat to women's health. Democrats using such means, he added, "would make it absolutely clear they intend to carry out their plans on a purely partisan basis".

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Northern Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie, one of 20 Republicans to oppose the AHCA, sassily compared the legislation to a kidney stone, charging "the House doesn't care what happens to it, as long as they can pass it".

Pressed on the lack of committee hearings or input by a reporter, he described the Senate GOP working group as "a committee of the whole". Many more Americans fear that soaring premiums will price them out of the market.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the Republican plan isn't a solution, it's an assault on women and the beginnings of a serious national healthcare crisis. Restrictions on abortion funding in the House bill are opposed by at least two Senate Republicans - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - but if stripped out could thwart House approval of a final measure.

They include Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, both up for re-election next year, as well as Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the House measure would raise costs for many older and lower income people while causing 23 million people to lose insurance over a decade. Other lawmakers also expressed frustration about the line from Trump, according to the report.

Democrats have recently ramped up their criticism of the GOP for attempting to pass such momentous and potentially devastating legislation without revealing any of their plans to the public.

I'd like to end my letter the way Trump has ended many of his messages: sad.

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