Spicer: Trump wants the Senate healthcare bill to have 'heart'

"This massive piece of legislation that seeks to restructure one-sixth of our economy is being written behind closed doors, without input from anyone", McConnell said, "in an effort to jam it past not only the Senate but the American people".

'Will we have time - more than 10 hours, since this is a complicated bill - to review the bill?' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., asked McConnell Monday from the Senate floor.

"With Democrats discussing health care in secret, they're sacrificing the trust of the American people", then-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who was a member of Congress during the Obamacare debate, tweeted in January 2010.

Senate Republicans have held no committee meetings or votes on the measure.

Asked whether leadership has offered any guidance on when the health care vote would take place, three separate aides said in emails to CNN: "No", "Nothing yet", and "Nothing definitive". "We will use the procedural means we have - small as they might be", Schumer said.

"And these are merely the first steps we're prepared to take in order to shine a light on the shameful TrumpCare bill, and reveal to the public the GOP's backroom deal-making", he concluded.

The speeches and symbolic motions were expected to last until midnight or later.

Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Republicans are close, but not quite ready, to send a bill to the CBO.

Democrats charge Republicans haven't hit the target the HELP committee and accuse them of using budgetary tricks.

McConnell, dead husk of a human being, said that Obamacare is "crumbling" and "imposed on our country", speaking in broad terms about how Republicans will vaguely end unspecified suffering.

Asked if 20 hours is sufficient time to debate something that will affect one sixth of the U.S. economy, Burr said: "I believe it is".

What many thought would be a staid, thoughtful process among Senate Republicans to pass meaningful healthcare legislation has turned into a re-run of the House - a mad scramble to find the votes to just get it done, according to multiple reports.

However, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act, said last week that his party would need more time to pass a viable replacement for Obamacare.

While GOP senators aren't objecting to the process as vehemently as Democrats, a number of Republicans, including Sen.

Once the bill is out in public, a vote should come quickly.

The group, which was once chaired by Pence, is anxious that the Senate bill will be too moderate for their tastes, as they support phasing out the Medicaid expansion beginning in 2020, along with barring federal family planning funds from going to clinics that perform abortions, which would impact Planned Parenthood.

"As the Senate continues its deliberative process, we urge you to carefully evaluate the American Health Care Act and consider the important role these specific policies played in building consensus in the House", the letter states.

"One month ago, Republicans threw a party at the WH to celebrate their "mean" bill that would strip health care from millions".

Community Catalyst Action Fund, an organization that opposes the GOP effort, kicked off an advertising campaign Monday pressuring five Republican senators not to vote for the legislation.

"There's a really good reason they won't show us the bill".

"I think this will be about as transparent as it could be", he said.

  • Larry Hoffman