Dems to Capitalize on Trump Calling GOP Health Bill 'Mean'

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And they're based on the GOP House bill which will be substantially altered by the Senate before the entire bill goes before the president.

All of the lawmakers singled out by the group except Collins come from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

The summer recess, set to run from July 29 through September 5, will be an important opportunity for opponents of President Trump and GOP policies - what has come to be known colloquially as "the resistance" - to render their dissatisfaction in person to Republican lawmakers at town halls, office hours and other in-district events. They also fear incurring White House retaliation. He's hoping to get the measure through the Senate before Congress' Fourth of July recess.

The clock is ticking.

"Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple", Schumer said.

By contrast, the bill Senate Republicans are writing is being held as close as the nuclear codes.

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.

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The Democrats won 11-2, then turned right around and gave the trophy to the Republican team to put in Scalise's office. He spewed left-wing talking points on Facebook, consistently railing against Republicans and the wealthy.

The groups say they're urging Senate Democrats to block Senate committees and the full Senate from conducting routine business by refusing to provide unanimous consent to move work along.

"If Republicans won't relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Monday. Republican leaders continue to be under fire - even from their own members - for their tightly guarded process to repealing Obamacare. But GOP senators still disagree on a number of key issues, such as what to do with Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, taxes and tax credits. They are negotiating behind closed doors and haven't scheduled any hearings on the emerging bill, which would drastically reshape health care.

While Republicans want to dismantle the PPACA, they also need to make sure the insurance remain relatively stable, The Hill says.

Wyden of OR complained that even his committee's chairman, Orrin Hatch of Utah, was being "cut out" of discussions and that the process had become a "charade".

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. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has proposed a three-year phase-down.

Neither Obamacare nor the AHCA effectively connects patients with cost, which is critical to making America's great health care affordable again.

That's why we have backed congressional efforts to forge a better law to offer Americans more choices and states more leeway to help citizens gain coverage.

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