Democrats Aim to Stymie Senate GOP's Health Care Efforts

Obamacare in 2018: Many will pay the price of Washington's uncertainty

Obamacare in 2018: Many will pay the price of Washington's uncertainty

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are planning to highlight the secrecy surrounding the Republican bill, saying they will debate the issue "late into the evening" in a series of floor speeches Tuesday.

Democrats are citing the lack of transparency in the process, blasting Republicans in the upper chamber for opting against holding committee hearings on the bill, Politico reports. Planned Parenthood backers say they will argue to the Parliamentarian that the budget impact of the language is "merely incidental" to the policy aim and therefore should not be allowed in the Senate bill.

Progressive groups, abortion-rights advocates and labor unions are urging Senate Democrats to slow work to a crawl to prevent Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from passing a health-care bill before a weeklong July 4 recess.

A group of Republican and Democratic governors are echoing President Donald Trump's criticism of a House GOP health care bill, saying it threatens coverage for the most vulnerable.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to openly discuss the plans.

The American Hospital Association warned Senate Republicans Monday against including large cuts to Medicaid in its healthcare bill.

The governors said they oppose the bill the House narrowly passed last month, citing its deep cuts to Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for low-income Americans.

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Democrats object to closed-door meetings that Republicans have held in recent weeks to craft legislation to replace Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act.

Sound familiar? Remember what then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in the Democratic rush to pass Obamacare in 2010? Doing it that way only requires a simple majority vote, meaning at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators would have to vote for it.

"The situation in Nevada shows that chaos and instability in healthcare does not help the Republican case for free market reform - it undermines it", Gingrich said. Republican leaders continue to be under fire - even from their own members - for their tightly guarded process to repealing Obamacare.

The concern from the Left is that the new bill won't be close enough to Obamacare's original (failing) structure for comfort, while concerns from conservatives have been that it will do even less to get rid of that structure than the House version. They are negotiating behind closed doors and haven't scheduled any hearings on the emerging bill, which would drastically reshape health care.

Now that Senate Republicans have removed the town hall from the resistance's arsenal, activists are brainstorming ways to build other weapons. Some Republicans are admitting that any effort to open up would simply provide an opportunity for Democrats to criticize the bill.

Neither Obamacare nor the AHCA effectively connects patients with cost, which is critical to making America's great health care affordable again.

"I mean I learn more from you all", she said to reporters.