Senate health care status: No bill yet

Senators settled in Monday as Democrats plan to slow-walk all action until Republicans relent on their secret health care negotiations and debate their Obamacare replacement in public.

If chosen, it would be a small, but significant change from the House bill that could have a major impact on whether moderate lawmakers ultimately vote for the Senate’s version of the Obamacare repeal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can only afford to lose two Republican votes.

Blumenthal has scheduled Monday’s hearing for 9 a.m.at the state Capitol in Hartford.

In January 2013, Gov. Susana Martinez was one of the few Republican governors to accept the expanded insurance program, approved at a time when the state was seeing an increase in revenue from higher energy prices.

“I expect us to vote on it next week”, Sen.

Democrats plan to slow the Senate’s work, force votes and make late-night speeches in an effort to focus attention on how Republicans are crafting legislation revamping the nation’s health care system behind closed doors, a senior Democratic aide said Monday. Now he’s telling senators to modify it, thus presumably making it more palatable despite the millions of people it would hurt.

That matters: In order to protect the Senate’s ability to pass the bill under budget rules that require only a simple majority rather than 60 votes, the bill’s savings must at least match those of the House version.

Liberal activists cheered on social media as Schumer forced McConnell to object to a motion to hold public hearings on the health care bill, and then pressed the Republican leader to commit to 10 hours of open debate. McConnell is believed to be pressing ahead to hold a health care vote before July 4.

And if the secrecy helps them pass a health-care bill, are we witnessing a potential historic shift in the way Washington debates – or doesn’t debate – big legislation?

“I want to make sure that we would not pull the rug out from Montana from a federal perspective and make sure that we keep our obligation to the states that have chose to expand Medicaid”, Daines said.

“I think there’s a majority that probably supports being here”, Sen. Medicaid is the government healthcare program for the poor. It won’t continue progress toward health-care coverage for all Americans made under Obamacare, but will do considerable harm. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, Patty Murray, D-Washington and Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, sent a letter to top Republicans asking that they schedule hearing to discuss, debate and hear testimony about “the health care bill that you are now drafting in secret”.

“Until I see the bill and the (Congressional Budget Office) assessment of the bill, I’m not going to feel comfortable taking a position”, said Sen.

Analysts said 23 million more Americans would be without health care under the House bill. “A bill so catastrophic that even the president, who hailed its passage, now called it ‘mean, ‘” said Harris, who is getting early 2020 White House speculation.