Krauthammer: Senate Hiding GOP Bill Is 'Not A Brilliant Idea'

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U.S. Senate Republicans are planning to unveil their draft of a new healthcare bill on Thursday, June 22, amid conflicts among members of the Senate over the future of the government's Medicaid program as well as the lowering of insurance costs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate healthcare bill would be different from the House version, but he did not elaborate.

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

Senate Democrats are working to halt progress on repealing and replacing Obamacare, this time holding a late night talk-a-thon to protest the GOP health care bill. "President Donald Trump and this Congress will keep their promise to the American people, and we will repeal and replace Obamacare", Pence said in a speech to a meeting of National Association of Manufacturers.

Unlike the House plan that passed before lawmakers got an updated cost, the Senate has to get those numbers from the Congressional Budget Office before they vote.

The legislation imposing sanctions on Russian Federation that was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate last week hit a roadblock in the House on Tuesday.

Unless those ideas come from Senate Democrats, of course, in which case the 13 Republican men writing the secret legislation behind closed doors aren't interested.

Democrats said they were planning to start forcing procedural votes to slow the Senate down, making floor speeches and taking other steps to call public attention to McConnell's effort.

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"They seem to be enthusiastic about what we're producing tomorrow", No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters.

Majorities of voters in both Democratic and Republican districts questioned for the Maryland poll oppose the AHCA provision that would give states the power to allow insurers to offer health plans that do not include certain minimum health benefits, as well as the provisions that would tend to reduce Medicaid coverage.

The Hill reported that the additional funding for opioid programs that GOP senators were considering as a way of blunting the bill's Medicaid cuts was likely to be axed. "I think it's much better to have committee consideration of bills, public hearings and to have a full debate".

The text of the Senate bill has yet to be released.

Earlier Wednesday, conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it would be "a non-starter" if the developing bill's subsidies are as large as Obama's. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told The New York Times, adding that "people get buy-in along the way and understand what's going on".

"I assume Senator McConnell and his staff are, with input from his working group, but I really don't know", Senator Susan Collins said.