There's no Senate health care bill yet. These are the key player

Evan Vucci  AP

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he did not know whether legislative staff had been briefed on the Senate healthcare bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said earlier this month that he hopes to hold a vote on the legislation by July 4, when Congress goes on summer recess. "The reason they don't want to bring it public is because it's a disastrous bill, I suspect similar to what passed in the House".

So far, McConnell lacks a final measure and is struggling to gain support in a chamber where Republicans have just 52 votes and no Democrats will support it. Senate Republicans plan to use an expedited procedure to pass a health plan with as few as 50 votes, plus a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence.

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.

No draft bill has yet been made available, though a variety of details have emerged in recent weeks on how Republicans might alter a House-passed health bill.

"The situation in Nevada shows that chaos and instability in healthcare does not help the Republican case for free market reform - it undermines it", Gingrich said.

While Senate Republicans are busy drafting their health care plan behind closed doors, The Hill has speculated on where they might be headed. There are enough of those senators, including Ohio's Rob Portman, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Colorado's Cory Gardner, to tank the bill outright if the Medicaid language does not satisfy them.

On Monday night, Democrats will "begin objecting to all unanimous consent requests", according to a senior Senate Democratic aide.


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.

Republicans griped about the Democrats' sprint to shove the bill into law.

McConnell's office said they had no comment regarding the Democrats' plan.

Changes to Medicaid spending and the House bill's tax credit structure have led to particularly intense disagreements between conservative and moderate members.

Neither Obamacare nor the AHCA effectively connects patients with cost, which is critical to making America's great health care affordable again. One of the top priorities of the lieutenant governor, who also serves as president of the Senate, is passage of the controversial "bathroom bill" which is opposed by many brands similar to what occurred in North Carolina.

"If Republicans won't relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Monday.

I'd like to end my letter the way Trump has ended many of his messages: sad.

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