Groups fighting the Republican drive to replace Obamacare say they're anxious that investigations into President Donald Trump and his campaign are diverting from efforts to derail the GOP health-care bill. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, left, and Sen.
At the beginning of 2017, Speaker Paul Ryan took about one month to advance the American Health Care Act in the House.
Drug companies, with stifling new regulations and big tax increases, were the least enthusiastic sector of the health care industry that supported Obamacare. They may well be considering more extended and more controversial extended action like holding up committee hearings on other issues or delaying confirmations. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says it would cause 23 million more Americans to be without health insurance by 2016.
Senior party figures, who were reported to be planning to focus on Donald Trump's reported description of the House bill as "mean", also launched a campaign urging Americans to speak out against the healthcare plan and share their stories about how the ACA, known as Obamacare, has helped them.
With Republicans intending to bring their health care legislation directly to the floor of the Senate, they will bypass the committee process altogether.
Collins has made clear that she sees serious problems with the legislation that House Republicans passed last month, and is a rare proponent of working with Democrats on a health care plan.
That announcement came hours after Sen.
The bill is now so secret that even President Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services and the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate (and the third person in the line of presidential succession, mind you) say that they haven't seen a copy of it.
Democrats plan to slow action on all Senate business, a move created to protest their frustration with the GOP's secretive efforts to pass legislation that would repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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. "We believe we all owe it to our constituents to pursue any bipartisan potential legislation because it profoundly impacts so many American lives".
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.