Senate Dems Slated To Protest Obamacare On Chamber Floor

Obamacare in 2018 Many will pay the price

Instead, they're asking Senate leaders to work together on an overhaul of Democrat Barack Obama's health care law.

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.

Amidst mounting frustration about Republicans' secretive deliberations to repeal Obamacare, Democrats plan to throw sand in the gears of the Senate to try to force a more public debate.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to openly discuss the plans. Senate Republicans are expected to ease some of its cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, and make other changes.

Republican Conference Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said the process of writing a healthcare bill has included all GOP senators rather than only those belonging to healthcare-related committees and thus can not be considered secretive.

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

The Senate is planning to act soon to pass their own bill, which is expected to mirror numerous provisions of the House GOP bill.

We urge the American people to be diligent and skeptical of the AHCA and for Republicans to do a self-reflective analysis of their own hypocrisy regarding health care reform.

But not a single Senate Republican has a town hall scheduled until well after the congressional recess, according to the Town Hall Project, which tracks these events. The bill needs a simple majority to pass in the Senate before it can go on to the president and potentially become law. It defies everything that various GOP senators said last month.

Democrats are quick to point out that the Affordable Care Act was debated openly with dozens of public hearings and amendments over the course of a almost a year before they brought the bill to a vote.

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McConnell's office did not respond to a request for comment over his fundraising schedule.

"I think we're not anxious so much about that as we are getting it together so we can get a majority to vote for it", said Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) when asked about public review of the legislation, according to Slate, seeming to indicate that their bill would be kept secret until it's passable on the floor of the Senate.

Portman, a member of the Senate working group on the bill, has led the effort to convince leadership to accept a seven-year "glide path" - a longer transition period in which Medicaid expansion state governors can figure out an alternative to the program. They then listed all of the rooms available in Senate Office buildings for them to schedule a health care hearing. "We think it's critical that Americans across the country understand what's at stake for them and their families if the U.S. Senate passes this bill".

That's not going to happen in the Senate where non-expansion Republicans have argued that Medicaid-expansion states shouldn't be allowed to keep more federal money.

The same lawmakers are facing growing criticism from both sides of the aisle for not releasing more details about the healthcare plan and refusing to hold public hearings.

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