Opposition to GOP Health Bill Rising

Frederick Owens
June 22, 2017

The House passed its version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, last month after pulling it twice from a floor vote in April amid strong opposition by the conservative Freedom Caucus. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, defended the process and said the criticism is "overblown". "We still haven't seen the bill".

Indeed, once the cameras were gone, the president reportedly told senators the House-passed health care overhaul was "mean", "cold-hearted", and a "son of a bitch".

Democrats are close to defeating Trumpcare, and the fact that the White House is taking steps to distance the President from this potential stinkbomb is the reason why Democrats need to turn up the heat and kill this bill.

"No one knows the Senate better than McConnell", one White House official said when asked about Trump's involvement, an acknowledgment that he is taking the lead.

"I've told [McConnell] unless I have the input from my constituents, unless I have got the information I need to justify a yes vote, I won't be voting yes", Johnson told Cuomo. Everybody will have adequate time to take a look at it.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was expected to push for a vote next week on the legislation, which would eliminate much of Obama's 2010 overhaul and leave government with a diminished role in providing coverage and helping people afford it.

Grassley also argued it was important that Republicans act quickly because of what he said were flaws in the Affordable Care Act, including insurers fleeing marketplaces.

The organization says its message at Wednesday night's rallies, taking place in at least 20 states, is simple: "Do not take away my health care". "It will be different and take a different approach based upon these endless discussions we've had with the only people interested in changing the law, which is Republican senators", McConnell said. But Senator John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership, said on Tuesday the phase-out in the bill might just be three years. "That is not what this Republican Senate was sent here to do".

Ted Cruz, a member of a core group of 13 Republicans who have been working on the legislation, told reporters the bill did not yet do enough to lower health insurance premiums.

The GOP in the Senate has worked on the bill behind closed doors, while Democrats have objected.

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