Spicer: Trump wants the Senate healthcare bill to have 'heart'

Cheryl Sanders
June 21, 2017

"There are an unlimited number of amendments", said McConnell on the floor, adding members would have time to review both the bill text and an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office before a vote.

"That's the same process that needs to be done within health care".

"Radical departure from normal procedure on a bill of such effect", Schumer announced from the floor, "leaves the Senate minority little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well".

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has already been critical of the plan. Several Republicans said a vote could come as soon as next week - even as key senators expressed concern about the emerging legislation, the secrecy surrounding it and the level of disagreement that remains.

It's impossible to draw firm conclusions, however, because nobody outside a small, predominately male group of Republican senators has been in the room when the bill has been under construction.

Behind closed doors in the Capitol, Senate Republicans are still making modifications to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). Ted Cruz of Texas or Mike Lee of Utah to view a final proposal more favorably, it could be problematic for moderates like Portman or Sen.

"(F) or Harry Reid yesterday to say, well, I'm going to ram it through no matter what, that makes me wonder if there's an agenda behind this", Sen.

"I rest my case", Schumer said.

That echoed Democrats' lambasting of McConnell for writing the wide-ranging legislation in closed-door meetings.

The strategy is a 180-degree shift from the Republican position during the 2009-2010 debate on Barack Obama's health care reforms, when conservatives demanded transparency and dozens of public hearings in a months-long process.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is staking out this week as the time to obstruct Republicans' still-secret health care legislation.

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. Toomey is leading the conservative Republicans who want to slow Medicaid's costs.

"They're talking about a whole new way of delivering health care" and people don't know the details, Stupak said of Republicans. But they're criticizing it as a stealth measure that GOP leaders want to rush through the chamber before anyone knows what's really in it.

"The leadership has made it clear we're going to vote", Thune said. We need to have it well-vetted throughout the public and the business community.

"When President Trump said that the House bill was mean he was not kidding around", Sen. Reportedly, the bill - which would overhaul the American health care system, and, if it's anything like the bill the House passed, will likely cause millions to lose their health insurance - will be released sometime this week and voted on before senators leave Washington for the July Fourth break.

The President's "mean" comment, though, has not only undermined his negotiating power in the upcoming Senate discussions, it has also left House Republicans scratching their heads about how Trump could have sold a bill that he thought was "mean".

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