Unseen No Longer: Senate Health Care Bill To Be Unveiled Thursday

The healthcare bill will be released to the Republican Senate Conference on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and posted online, Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming and Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters on Wednesday. "I think we should have debated it in open, in committee hearings, have both sides bring in witnesses", he said. "People across the country are suffering pain and the pain is getting worse as insurance companies are pulling out".

Other Republicans also have had issues with the secrecy surrounding the bill's crafting.

"I wouldn't want to compare it to the House bill", McConnell said. He later added: "We need to provide relief for the American people in terms of the health care and the care that they need so they can get it from a doctor they choose at lower cost".

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.) told MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mik Brzezinski on Wednesday that he will not vote for the GOP-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare unless he can read and study it first.

According to Reuters, Democrats are suggesting that the delay is intentionally engineered by the Republicans out of loyalty for Trump, who opposes imposing extra sanctions on Russian Federation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans will see a "discussion draft" of the bill tomorrow.

Republican senators hit back at their Democratic colleagues Tuesday, just a day after Democrats held the Senate floor in protest of a yet-to-be-seen health care bill.

Republicans have been trying to iron out disagreements between conservative and moderate members.

Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on the legislation before the July 4 recess. "All we do is win, win, win", the President said to cheers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as he pressed Democrats to support his legislative agenda in the Congress.

The bill recently passed by the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance, compared to the status quo, in 2026, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.

Those subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income, a "major improvement" from a health-care overhaul bill passed in the House of Representatives that tied them exclusively to age, Republican Senator Susan Collins said on Wednesday.

"Everything I hear sounds like Obamacare-lite", Paul said.

If the Senate bill is similar to the House version, it would only allow people with pre-existing conditions to keep coverage if there are no lapses between insurance policies; otherwise, insurers would be allowed to deny them coverage, erasing a key provision of the ACA.

  • Zachary Reyes