GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill

President Trump speaks at the White House

President Trump speaks at the White House

But even some GOP senators have voiced increasing frustration about the lack of public debate about the specifics of how Republicans plan to overhaul the 2010 health care law. Last week, a coalition of medical and consumer groups held an event in Cleveland that was billed as the first of a series of gatherings to speak out against a bill that passed the GOP-controlled House and the direction that Republican senators appear to be heading. The governors say the House bill "calls into question coverage for the vulnerable and fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out". This legislation is likely to be very bad for people with preexisting conditions, so the Senate Majority is not going to sit down and tell these groups that numerous people they are advocating for and represent are going to lose their coverage or they will need to spend more money for less care. "I don't know", Murkowski told Vox's Dylan Scott.

The House proposal would raise about $86 million for the 2017-18 budget, but perks in the bill, including income tax exemptions for Social Security retirement and military pensions, an increased personal income tax deductible from $2,000 to $2,500 and expanded credits for historic-building rehabilitation, would cut the net revenue gain to about $67 million. If the GOP bill passes, it's anticipated it would result lawsuits from those states.

"The U.S. Senate has always been considered the world's greatest deliberative body and, as members of that body, we should each support open and robust debate".

Although there is no Senate bill yet, we know they started with the one passed by the House last month. It's not clear when a vote will come, but Republican leaders had targeted action before the July 4 recess.

During a White House meeting this week, Trump privately told Senate Republicans that the House bill was "mean".

Besides Bullock and Kasich, whose states Trump won in 2016, Republicans Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Charlie Baker of MA signed the letter.

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Some moderate GOP senators are trying to extend the phase-out over seven years and ease some of the Medicaid cuts the House bill would make.

But Senate Democrats and some Republicans have complained that the legislation has largely been crafted behind closed doors, leaving lawmakers unaware of what they would be voting for.

Speaking to reporters at the Capitol last week, McConnell denied there was any effort to hide the Senate legislation.

The Senate is now considering the Obamacare replacement bill that narrowly passed in the House last month, despite almost universal opposition from health care advocates and organizations.

As a result, they're considering ways to channel new financing for health insurance through existing government programs that bar the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion, according to sources familiar with the policy discussions.

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