'Secret' health care bill takes shape

Republicans are getting ready for Senate votes on legislation scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday among growing indications that the climactic vote could occur next week. It remains unclear if he'll be able to write legislation that will attract enough votes. He declined to discuss the specifics of what he planned to present. They have also tried to force the bill into committee and delay a potential vote. "Right now, the current draft doesn't do almost enough in that regard", he said.

"Didn't seem like it to me", he responded, with a chuckle.

He added, "A lot of members in the House are unhappy about the comments particularly those who were "yes" votes. And there are no simple answers to these problems".

Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) pointed to the fact that Republicans refuse to hold a hearing or put the bill before a committee after accusing Democrats of trying to rush Obamacare through the legislative process. And in a distinctly Russian twist, this plan will be enacted on the backs of working families, with Republicans forking over $660 billion in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy.

He blamed Democrats for not being part of the process.

"This massive piece of legislation that seeks to restructure one-sixth of our economy is being written behind closed doors, without input from anyone", McConnell said, "in an effort to jam it past not only the Senate but the American people".

Democrats set to work Monday on a coordinated effort to slow the Senate's work, holding late-night speeches to try to focus attention on how Republicans are crafting legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system in private.

Senators spoke for more than six hours Monday night, wrapping up just after midnight Tuesday morning.

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. Last-minute negotiations among lawmakers and between Congress and the White House "are never in public", he said. "It appears the vote would be a week or eight days later". Voters in her state, said Corto Masto, tell her the same thing over and over: "Please, do not take away my healthcare".

One of the biggest and most divisive matters under discussion is how to structure Medicaid.

The organization, which bills itself as a consumer health group, is targeting Sens. McConnell has proposed a three-year phase out of the expansion.

Conservatives and moderate Republicans in the Senate are now experiencing the same divides that surfaced in March in the House. I think that's the difference.

Cruz, who has frequently clashed with McConnell in the past, has been cooperating with him in this effort. 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.

The Senate is scheduled to go into recess at the end of next week.

"The Republicans are going about this in a way that is so procedurally disgusting that it is an embarrassment to our democracy".

"Until I see the bill and the (Congressional Budget Office) assessment of the bill, I'm not going to feel comfortable taking a position", Collins told CNN.

"The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this failed law", said the Kentucky Republican. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a key centrist.

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