Republicans' Secret Healthcare Bill Is Being Protested By Democrats In Senate

Evan Vucci  AP

Evan Vucci AP

"The average Republican doesn't even know what's in that legislation", Independent Sen.

They plan to hold the Senate floor late into the evening to deliver speeches in opposition to the Republican push to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Collins isn't a member of the Senate "working group", but the Maine Republican is pivotal player in the health care debate - and a critical vote for leadership to win over.

The American Health Care Act will quite literally cost hundreds of thousands of women their lives, by eliminating guaranteed coverage of life-saving cervical and breast cancer screenings, abolishing comprehensive maternity care and domestic violence screenings, "defunding" Planned Parenthood, and limiting women's access to birth control and emergency contraception. The bill slashes $880 billion from Medicaid according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and allows states to seek waivers that would allow insurers to charge those with pre-existing conditions higher premiums.

"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. There is, of course, no bill yet, but Paul criticized the House bill for allocating money for tax credits, which he says sound like another entitlement program. It also cuts taxes on wealthy Americans and health insurers that helped fund segments of the Affordable Care Act.

The fight for healthcare reform is a more prominent issue than alleged ties with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice, aides told Politico, but moderate Republicans, however, have said the comment could help them pass the health legislation. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. "So the first step in this may be crafted among a small group of people, but then everyone's going to get to weigh in".

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare upon his arrival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., June 13, 2017.

The Senate is planning to act soon to pass their own bill, which is expected to mirror numerous provisions of the House GOP bill. This is because it falls under a reconciliation category that affects bills that impact the federal budget.

"We have 52 Republican Senators all wanting to get to yes to find a solution and I believe we're going to vote before the July 4th recess", Sen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent., delegated drafting of the Senate's health care bill to a 14-male-senator task force which meets in secret.

And Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerThese GOP senators need to stand up to their party on healthcare Senate GOP considers deeper Medicaid cuts than House bill New ads target 5 GOP senators on healthcare MORE (R-Nev.) said earlier this month that he did not want the growth rate to be any lower than the House bill's.

But let's not brush past the significance of McConnell's other talking point: Senate Republicans, he said, are "operating kind of as a committee of the whole". "It's not a new thing".

Portman spokesperson Kevin Smith said the activists are invited to show up and that the Senator's staffers have met more than 75 times with Indivisible activists since the beginning of the year.

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