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What to Expect in Senate's Health Care Bill

20 June 2017

Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., left, and Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health care system.

U.S. Senate Democrats said they plan to slow Senate business to a crawl starting Monday evening to protest behind-the-scenes Republican work on repealing former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, known as Obamacare.

Gingrich says Republicans should heed two key parts of the American Health Care Act - fund the Cost Sharing Reduction program through 2018, and make funds available to states to help offset costs of Americans with acute medical conditions.

Drug companies, with stifling new regulations and big tax increases, were the least enthusiastic sector of the health care industry that supported Obamacare.

For years, Trump and the Republicans claimed they could repeal Obamacare and produce a much better plan.

The GOP-run House narrowly approved its version of the legislation last month.

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"I really don't know that we can predict either way how this is going to turn out before recess", she said.

Senate Republican leaders are under fire from all sides for blocking debate on their health care bill - the details of which remain largely unknown - before forcing a vote on the legislation by July 4. That was people who were frustrated and upset, and they took to the streets, and that has continued. The bill needs a simple majority to pass in the Senate before it can go on to the president and potentially become law. Restrictions on abortion funding in the House bill are opposed by at least two Senate Republicans - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - but if stripped out could thwart House approval of a final measure.

Richard Blumenthal is holding what he's calling "an emergency field hearing" on the ramifications of a potential overhaul of the federal Affordable Care Act. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Jeff Flake of Arizona; Susan Collins of Maine; Dean Heller of Nevada; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. He declined to comment on whether the president believed the House-passed bill was "mean" and said the administration felt "very good" about the progress the Senate is making on the bill.

A spokesman told CNN that Portman remains opposed to dropping the growth rate below the level of the House bill, which already would reduce spending on the program by $800 billion over 10 years, and several other more moderate members of the conference have voiced concern over the idea.

"I can't think of another piece of legislation of this scope and magnitude that affects so many people that has been drawn up behind such a dense veil of secrecy", Baker told the Los Angeles Times.

"It is going to take days and weeks to work through that in the Senate", Rubio said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

The general sense about McConnell's health insurance plan is that rural communities, that are largely made up of Republican voters, will lose local hospitals and doctors under the plan.

What to Expect in Senate's Health Care Bill