US Senate Unveils Health Care Bill

Think of it as a fun surprise, not an irresponsible vote that will literally kill people.

Senate Republicans have been working behind closed doors for weeks on legislation aimed at repealing and replacing major portions of the Affordable Care Act, former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, popularly known as Obamacare. "Is this bill good? It's the only way I'm going to vote "yes", Johnson said.

If the bill comes to the Senate floor without hearings, they should offer as many amendments as possible to slow Senate proceedings to a crawl.

"Republicans are writing their healthcare bill under the cover of darkness because they are ashamed of it", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer charged.

"There is an urgency to get this done because of the continued collapse of the Obama health care law", Barrasso, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, told CNN.

Instead, the banner - emblazoned with the words "Senator Gardner: TrumpCare hurts women" - will remain on terra firma, the victim of mechanical problems with the plane that was set to fly it.

He also suggested he would be willing to change the bill Republicans are crafting if Democrats would come onboard, saying, "A few votes from the Democrats, it could be so easy" and "so attractive".

Can Democrats stop the bill? . "I feel bad about it".

The Washington Post, citing two GOP sources, said McConnell could bring the measure to a vote next week even if he doesn't have the votes, though some believe that he's just trying to press his colleagues to support the bill.

But White House top aides also see the distance as a way to inoculate Trump from considerable blame if the bill fails, a nod to the President's low approval rating and waning political capital.

Can McConnell get the votes?

While the House bill pegged federal insurance subsidies to age, the Senate measure would link them to income as the Affordable Care Act does. That focuses financial assistance on people with lower incomes. The Senate bill also takes a more gradual cut to Medicaid expansion while making deeper long-term cuts, according to the Post. Some from states that have expanded the program have battled to prolong the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly.

Despite nods to the most conservative senators, such as the bill's anticipated loosening of Obamacare's essential health benefits, on Wednesday Senator Rand Paul said it still sounded like "Obamacare-lite" and said the subsidies were too generous. "That, to me, is really a nonstarter".

Another possible reason for the lack of enthusiasm: It's unlikely that whatever McConnell unveils will be what's voted on next week.

Senate GOP leaders on Thursday finally released their secret health-care reform bill, which would repeal Obamacare taxes, restructures subsidies to insurance customers that are based on their incomes, and phase out Medicaid's expansion program.

With this approach that sticks a little closer to existing law, McConnell is hoping to win over Republicans in states that embraced parts of the ACA, like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Dean Heller of Nevada.

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