After weeks of secrecy, Senate to unveil healthcare bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans are getting ready for votes on legislation scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law.

With a 52-48 majority in the Senate, Republicans can only afford to lose two votes in order to pass the bill, which would repeal and replace Obamacare.

"Democrats imposed ObamaCare on our country", he said. Ron Johnson said Wednesday that he "can't imagine" voting for a health care bill next week, even as Senate Republican leaders signal that's when they could seek a vote on a measure - the contents of which remain secret. "If I don't get to study it, I'm not going to vote for it", said Senator Bill Cassidy, (R) Louisiana.

Arguing the ACA now "teeters on the edge of total collapse", McConnell said the Senate needed to act or "more Americans are going to get hurt".

The nonpartisan group didn't have the opportunity to analyze the House version of the bill until after it was passed, and it looks like it will have little time to review this one as well.

Shift around key funding to prevent it from going to healthcare providers involved in abortion procedures: The House bill's $115 billion state-stability fund that would help to stabilize the individual markets now contains language to prevent it from being used to fund a healthcare organization that provides abortions.

Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong and say the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.

It would permit states to opt out of Obamacare coverage requirements, including the one barring insurers from charging more to cover people with pre-existing health conditions.

"Should they lose their Medicaid", she said, "I worry that some of my patients will die".

The concern among members of the president's own party come as the Senate prepares to publicly release the Senate legislation on Thursday, which White House spokesman Sean Spicer admitted on Wednesday the president hasn't even seen yet.

Speaking with WNYC's Sean Carlson, Ofri said she was driven to political action because she's anxious the GOP plan will cause many of her patients - especially those on Medicaid - to lose health coverage.

The bill can not be filibustered because it requires only a majority vote to pass. Passing a bill through the Senate will require balancing the demands of moderates such as Sens.

Republican senators voiced concern on Wednesday about a plan to overhaul the USA healthcare system, fearing a rush to consider the major legislation as their party's leaders prepare to unveil it. A week ago, Trump called the version the House approved last month "mean".

McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wanted - but those waivers don't open the door to ducking the preexisting protections.

Democrats were quick to address that outside on Capitol Hill Wednesday during a rally opposing how the bill was being crafted.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the National Association of Manufacturers Summit in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017.

  • Joanne Flowers