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.
The aide said Democrats will begin slowing work on bills by refusing to let the Senate bypass time-consuming procedural steps, which it customarily does on most legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants to pass the legislation by June 30. While senators acknowledge that the bill is nearing completion, unlike in the past with nearly every major bill the GOP hasn't held a single committee hearing or even publicly shared the draft texts of what they're working on.
The American Hospital Association warned Senate Republicans Monday against including large cuts to Medicaid in its healthcare bill.
Edwin Park, vice president for health policy with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the little information being leaked about the Senate bill indicates it generally resembles the one that passed the House.
A growing body of evidence suggests that not only has Obamacare done little to address the cost of health care products and services, it's exacerbated the problem. Republican leaders would like a vote in July, even before the July 4 recess if possible. A "Vote No" to any health care bill that cuts or caps Medicaid is a message our senators need to hear along with a plea to reject TrumpNoCare and any bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act.
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The summer recess, set to run from July 29 through September 5, will be an important opportunity for opponents of President Trump and GOP policies - what has come to be known colloquially as "the resistance" - to render their dissatisfaction in person to Republican lawmakers at town halls, office hours and other in-district events.
McConnell's office said they had no comment regarding the Democrats' plan.
Schumer's letter included a list of 31 conference rooms that are available for public hearings.
Rather than sticking to the firebrand, leadership-agitating strategy that defined his early years in the Senate, Cruz - and those who have been working with him- insist he is working constructively behind the scenes to get to "yes" on health care.
"I can't think of another piece of legislation of this scope and magnitude that affects so many people that has been drawn up behind such a dense veil of secrecy", Baker told the Los Angeles Times. Other lawmakers also expressed frustration about the line from Trump, according to the report.
The general sense about McConnell's health insurance plan is that rural communities, that are largely made up of Republican voters, will lose local hospitals and doctors under the plan.