Trump returns to Iowa and unhappy independent voters
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 0:06
It's one of many last-ditch attempts at public protest before the senator, who's sort of wavered in his stance to the AHCA's evolution in Congress. (Portman's last real statement on the bill, upon its passage in the House: "We will review the new analysis as we work on a different approach here in the Senate.") This morning, constituents aligned with Indivisible staged a sit-in at Portman's Washington, D.C., office.
Senate GOP leaders are hoping to hold a vote on their bill next week, though the legislation aimed at overhauling parts of the nation's healthcare system has not yet been released.
"We have to act, and we are", McConnell said on the Senate floor. Even GOP senators are complaining they haven't been allowed to see the bill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined by, from left, Sen.
Gardner's comments come as the Senate is preparing for what could be a quick debate over a GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lacking the votes to stop it, Democrats are criticizing the still-evolving Senate Republican health care bill as a stealthy measure that GOP leaders want to rush through the chamber before anyone knows what's really in it. Another possibility was letting states drop some coverage requirements Obama's law imposes on insurers, they said.
They said unresolved questions included how to make sure the subsidies can't be used for policies that provide abortions and how fast they can repeal tax boosts Obama levied on high earners and medical companies to finance his statute's expanded coverage. That might satisfy Republican senators from states that expanded their programs, but conservatives have wanted to halt the extra expenditures quickly.
McConnell said last week that "nobody is hiding the ball here" and that people are "free to ask anybody anything". Senate "moderates", like Portman - and Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) - likely hold the key to staving off an affirmative vote for the AHCA. "Hopefully we'll have 50 votes when that time comes". A week ago, Trump called the version the House approved last month "mean". We want it to be more affordable. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told reporters in regards to the tax credits in the GOP plan.
Conservatives like Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee have Utah have been skeptical about the bill's ability to ultimately lower premium costs for Americans.
"The president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. "I have no idea what the deal is". She has opposed past conservative efforts to include language barring federal payments to Planned Parenthood, a group many Republicans abhor because it provides abortions.