Governors ask Senate leaders to stop Trumpcare rush


It's crunch time for health care in the Senate, where GOP leaders could present a bill that aims to repeal and replace Obamacare, NBC News reported.

The Senate's decisions could have huge implications: Health care represents about one-sixth of the USA economy, and about 20 million people have gained insurance under the 2010 health law, President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

Rank and file Republicans remain largely in the dark about what will ultimately end up being in their health care bill, making many even more skeptical the legislation is going to be ready and voted on by July 4.

The bill "calls into question coverage for the vulnerable and fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out, while shifting significant costs to the states, " the governors said.

Veteran health care writer Sarah Kliff, who covered the passage of Obamacare in 2009, wrote this week in Vox: "It's become obvious to me, particularly this week, that Republicans plan to move more quickly and less deliberatively than Democrats did in drafting the Affordable Care Act".

Ashley Conger, a Cardinal spokeswoman, said in an email Friday that the agency was reviewing the updated bill and would "support the state's efforts to create a healthcare system that values outcomes and equally serves all".

The senators targeted in the ads have expressed some reservations about the emerging Senate legislation or the process and timeline with which GOP leaders are crafting it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a small clutch of aides are writing the bill behind closed doors as McConnell consults GOP senators.

Asked if he would be bringing his photocopier back out, Paul smiled and said, "We'll see".

South Dakota Republican Sen. It's still unclear if this measure would meet Senate procedural rules. "I don't know", Murkowski said.

Democratic lawmakers are fed up with the Republicans keeping their healthcare bill secret.

The Senate bill would phase out the enhanced federal funding for new enrollees in the 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, but there is disagreement over how long that phasing out should take.

Sanders took to the Senate floor, addressing the fact that Hodgkinson was a former volunteer for Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, saying he was "sickened" by the attack.

McConnell added that there's no need for legislative hearings on the legislation because Congress has been working on health care for seven years and there have been "gazillions of hearings" on the subject.

File- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer stepped to the microphone to rally a crowd of President Donald Trump's opponents in New York's Battery Park on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Collins has been a leading advocate for a deliberate health care reform process focused on giving more people access to care.

"We're asking for this meeting because the Republicans have refused to make their bill public or hold hearings on it".