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Senate close to vote on dismantle health law

20 June 2017

"Thankfully, at the end of this process, the Senate will finally have a chance to turn the page on this failed law". And Indivisible tweeted: "By shutting down the Senate, @SenateDems are drawing more attention to the secrecy and speed with which the GOP's #TrumpCare is moving". Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Manchin said the Senate bill will likely emerge from those meetings looking very similar to the one passed in the House, which he called devastating for West Virginia.

"The real bill is now being written behind closed doors in the dark corners of the Capitol", Hatch said in October 2009, a full five months and dozens of hours of debate before the final version of the Affordable Care Act reached President Barack Obama's desk.

While the Senate is crafting its own legislation, the House-passed American Health Care Act is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans - 55 percent - compared with 31 percent who viewed it favorably, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in May.

"The state is going to have to come up with an exorbitant amount of money in order to provides services", Manchin said.

That means the Republicans can only afford to lose two GOP votes.

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Democratic senators, including Blumenthal and Sen.

In a show of frustration with what they deem the GOP's "shameful" and "secret" legislative process, Democrats on Monday also held the Senate floor with a series of back-to-back speeches. In the House, conservatives have written to McConnell to express concern about reports that say the Senate may water down the House bill. He's hoping for Senate approval next week.

Democrats' coordinated effort doesn't actually stall any work that's being done on the bill; it's considered more a night of theatrics for Democrats.

Democrats, who oppose the bill but lack the necessary votes to block it, have vowed to block GOP procedural requests in an attempt to increase transparency in the drafting process.

"I think we'll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill", McConnell said. "It's not anywhere that the American public can see".

The Senate is now hammering out the health care deal behind closed doors, a fact Senate Democrats have slammed.

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"I have been doing this work since 1977... That is what I am saying", Trump said during a White House meeting earlier this month with an eclectic group of senators. "Now, Democrat efforts to feign outrage over health care negotiations should be seen for what it is - a pure partisan game aimed at placating the far-left". "People will die", Perez said of an ACA repeal.

"Congress wants to take away our health care-we can't let it happen", said Planned Parenthood Action in a message to its members on Monday. Senate Republicans are refusing to hold hearings on #Trumpcare. "Senator Blumenthal has been absent while the Affordable Care Act in CT has brought about increases to insurance premiums, a decrease in exchange participants, and a loss of participating insurers on the exchange".

The move by Democrats to slow Senate business will not impact consideration of President Trump's nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, who is expected to be confirmed Tuesday, according to a Senate Democratic aide.

"In the a year ago alone...over 15,000 people in CT who previously purchased insurance through the state's ACA health insurance exchange did not renew their coverage - with 44 percent citing the unaffordability of their plan", Kelly said.

McConnell said last week that "nobody is hiding the ball here" and that people are "free to ask anybody anything".

If the insurers quit the exchange, about 73,000 individuals in CT would lose ACA subsidies to purchase insurance.

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Democrats spoke in protest until around midnight in an effort to bring Senate business to a halt.