For Some, Senate Healthcare Bill Looks Like 'Life or Death'

Posted June 20, 2017

Most Senate Republicans have attended meetings to discuss the health care bill that have been open to all members, in order to register their views with leadership. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., left, and Sen. 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.

U.S. Senate Democrats said they plan to slow Senate business to a crawl starting Monday evening to protest behind-the-scenes Republican work on repealing former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, known as Obamacare.

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. But now, as Republicans push a sweeping and widely reviled health bill through Congress, the industry has often appeared declawed in the biggest health care fight of the decade.

A group of seven governors, including three moderate Republicans, sent a letter Friday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to find common ground on healthcare legislation, according to Business Insider.

The Obamacare replacement passed by the House last month includes deep cuts to Medicaid and other health expenditures.

Like many conservatives, Cruz believes that in order to bring down the cost of health insurance, lawmakers need to repeal as numerous Obamacare-era regulations as possible.

Democratic senators are planning to hold the Senate floor until at least midnight on Monday to thrash Senate Republicans for refusing to hold committee hearings on their healthcare overhaul, according to several people familiar with the plan.

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"I don't know where he stands on it", said Bullock.

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.

Northern Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie, one of 20 Republicans to oppose the AHCA, sassily compared the legislation to a kidney stone, charging "the House doesn't care what happens to it, as long as they can pass it". Write to Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Bob Corker (R-South Carolina), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana).

Sound familiar? Remember what then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in the Democratic rush to pass Obamacare in 2010? Democrats have gotten sparse attendance at press conferences to highlight the House bill's impact on Obamacare's insurance exchanges, Medicaid funds for opioid treatment, and women's health.

The ad campaign comes as other organizations are ramping up opposition to the Senate GOP effort.

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.

He added: "I hate to think that looking back on this period, we'll realize that the most regressive piece of social legislation in modern American history was passed, and no one was paying attention".