Dems say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

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They group is now open to any GOP senator who wants to participate, and they've held three-times-a-week lunch meetings. They include prohibiting states from expanding Medicaid and phase out the Medicaid expansion entirely, allow waivers for what he called "onerous requirements imposed by the ACA", kill any tax cuts or taxes in Obamacare and gut all funding to Planned Parenthood.

"Some version of secrecy has to happen".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants to pass the legislation by June 30.

Again, if the Senate proposal is more generous than the House's version, it will be harder to meet the bill's required budget targets. "The general parameters of the bill were widely known".

Meanwhile, The Hill reported that Senate Democrats are planning to bring the bring the work of the Senate to a halt by holding "a late-night talkathon Monday to protest the GOP's effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare".

So far, McConnell lacks a final measure and is struggling to gain support in a chamber where Republicans have just 52 votes and no Democrats will support it. Senate Republicans plan to use an expedited procedure to pass a health plan with as few as 50 votes, plus a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence. In the past, abortion language in budget bills has been ruled out of order. "I think it's much better to have committee consideration of bills, public hearings and to have a full debate".

"There are a lot of important issues", Collins said last week when asked about it. This could slow Senate operations by forcing the Republican majority to hold additional procedural votes in order to move ahead.

The legislation didn't become law until March 2010.

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To address concerns about that change, House GOP leaders added several billion in federal funding to help states establish high-risk pools to help sick patients afford coverage, but it is not almost enough, Collins says.

"Everyone's going to get to weigh in", he said Sunday.

According to Senate Republican aides familiar with the Senate negotiations, leaders in the chamber are weighing lowering the growth rate for the Medicaid program beginning in 2025.

Murkowski has been frank about her frustration with how the Senate is crafting their health care bill.

"What I'm telling them is if they get to an impasse, come talk to me because I am more than willing to vote for a partial repeal if I can't get complete repeal, but I'm not willing to vote for new Republican entitlement programs", Paul said. Closed-door discussions were also used to resolve differences with anti-abortion Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of MI that threatened the bill's passage.

Senate Republicans also face pressure from the right.

So why are Republicans keeping a major health-care bill so secret? As a former ME insurance commissioner, Collins said she grew frustrated at House lawmakers invoking Maine's experience with high-risk pools as justification for that idea.

Instead, they refuse to acknowledge their quandary and instead are hoping to shove a healthcare bill into law without it ever seeing the light of day.

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