Democrats stall US Senate work to protest healthcare secrecy

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly

Community Catalyst Action Fund, which bills itself as a consumer health organization, is targeting Sens.

Schumer and other Democrats called for the Senate to agree unanimously agree to send the health care bill through the hearing process, in which members from both parties could debate the bill publicly before it is brought to the Senate floor for a vote. The plan is to hold a vote by July 4.

"I find it fantastic that those same Republicans seem to think it's OK for legislation to be written behind closed doors and not have one single committee hearing", Sanders said, according to the Hill.

The Republicans' effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare has led to a standoff in the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday that Democrats will "withhold consent", a tactic that could force Republicans to wait days in between votes on bills and amendments.

The move by Democrats comes after polling showed health care could be a poisonous issue for congressional Republicans in next year's midterm elections. Mitch McConnell and his Senate majority are committing a crime against transparent governance, popular representation, and the legislative process. That's because Republicans are using the Senate's budget reconciliation process, which requires 50 votes rather than the usual 60 (with Vice President Mike Pence voting to break the tie).

The AHCA also would allow states under certain circumstances to apply for waivers that exempt insurance companies from having to cover numerous essential health benefits that are guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act.

The president has previously praised the House legislation, calling it a "great plan" during a celebratory press conference with Republican lawmakers after they passed the bill.

A pro-Trump supporter argues with protesters outside a high school where Republican Congressman Darrell Issa was holding a meeting in San Juan Capistrano, California, June 3, 2017. But Republicans have struggled to coalesce around a bill, with moderates and conservatives pushing in different directions.

"There's only one reason why Republicans are doing this: They're ashamed of their bill", said Schumer on Monday.

"If there is not going to be a hearing, then we shouldn't vote", said Sen.

"Let's put a face on who actually takes these Medicaid dollars", Warren said.

And I think what this is, Kelly, is Democrats responding to the pressure they're getting from progressive activists who frankly wanted them to be more aggressive all along and that they've anxious that while Republicans have been moving forward with their health care bill, everyone's attention has been focused elsewhere, namely the Russian Federation investigations.

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.

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