He said the entire Senate Republican conference has been “active and engaged” for months on legislation that would stabilize insurance markets, remove mandates to buy insurance, and preserve access to care for those with pre-existing conditions.
On Monday morning, Trump again said the ACA was dead, and that rising premiums were unaffordable.
“Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they’re ashamed of it, plain and simple”, Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a statement, according to multiple reports.
“The average Republican doesn’t even know what’s in that legislation”, Independent Sen.
Yet Democrats were hoping it would have at least two effects – scare off Republicans wavering over whether to back the measure, and show liberal activists that Democrats are aggressively trying to thwart the legislation, even though they lack the votes to derail it. We will seek, in as many ways as we can, in as many times as we can, to refer the House-passed health care bill to committee.
The speeches, organized by Washington Senator Patty Murray, were part of a wider campaign by the Democrats to try and force the Republicans to bring their bill before an open committee.
“Some version of secrecy has to happen”. “Democrats are not going to let Republicans pull the wool over the public’s eyes without a fight”. But he added: “Most of our real private meetings were the final tweaks, not the original bill“. That way, they can sit in a room and hash out a new healthcare bill.
Democrats held the Senate floor for several hours late Monday and promised to use procedural tactics to slow the Senate’s work, to focus attention on the Republican effort. Susan Collins told CNN.
McConnell, in a Senate floor speech, said Obamacare has increased costs and reduced choice, causing Americans to drop coverage.
That pales compared to how the Democratic-run Congress handled Obama’s legislation. They may well be considering more extended and more controversial extended action like holding up committee hearings on other issues or delaying confirmations.
The legislation didn’t become law until March 2010.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to each of their motions. But when you encounter problems, he said, “sometimes you need to go behind closed doors to work it out”.
The 13 senators crafting the bill are already working with the congressional budget office to devise a plan that can meet the strict requirements of reconciliation – which means it can’t bust the budget.
MCEVERS: How much sympathy do the Democrats have from Republicans in the Senate? Closed-door discussions were also used to resolve differences with anti-abortion Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of MI that threatened the bill’s passage.
Changes to Medicaid spending and the House bill’s tax credit structure have led to particularly intense disagreements between conservative and moderate members. “I would have liked to have seen a public process – get buy-in from the public”, he said.
“I think we’ll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill”.