Politics Democrats Plot Senate Slowdown Over Obamacare Repeal

20:51  19 june  2017
20:51  19 june  2017 Source:   Roll Call

Rand Paul: 'If you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it'

  Rand Paul: 'If you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it' Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he would consider voting for a partial repeal of ObamaCare ."I've been telling leadership for months now that I will vote for a repeal and it doesn't have to be a 100 percent repeal," Paul said on ABC's "This Week.""For example, I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want, but if you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it. I might vote for 80 percent repeal."Paul said people need to realize that the "ObamaCare subsidies in this bill are actually greater under the Republican bill than they are under the current ObamaCare law.

Senate Democrats are issuing a new warning to Republicans plotting a quick repeal of Obamacare next year: Don't count on us to help replace it. RELATED: Americans are divided over repealing Obamacare .

to approve an ObamaCare repeal bill. The problem is that Senate Democrats are expected to argue that various parts of the House bill will not meet Senate rules governing what can be included in reconciliation.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer says not to expect business as usual on the floor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)© Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer says not to expect business as usual on the floor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats have decided to muddle the chamber’s work in a bid to highlight the closed-door nature of Republicans’ health care negotiations.

When the Democrats take the floor Monday evening for a series of speeches against the GOP’s efforts to roll back the 2010 health care law, they will also begin objecting to a variety of unanimous consent requests that generally govern more routine Senate floor business.

According to a senior Senate Democratic aide, there might be some exceptions for honorary resolutions, but the Democrats seem intent on slowing down the bulk of business.

Senate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote

  Senate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Senate Democrats are planning an hours-long floor protest for Monday night.Ben Wikler, the Washington director for the progressive outside group MoveOn.org, urged supporters to come to the Capitol on Monday night to watch the floor speeches from inside the Senate chamber.

Senate Democrats are threatening to grind the Senate to a halt in protest of Republicans crafting their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare behind closed doors. They have hounded Republicans over their legislation, which is still being hashed out in a series of closed-door meetings.

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“Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they’re ashamed of it, plain and simple,”Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said in a statement. “These are merely the first steps we’re prepared to take in order to shine a light on this shameful Trumpcare bill and reveal to the public the GOP’s true intentions: to give the uber-wealthy a tax break while making middle class Americans pay more for less health care coverage. If Republicans won’t relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn’t expect business as usual in the Senate.”

Perhaps in anticipation of the maneuvering led by the New York Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had already lined up procedural votes by moving to limit debate on a pair of President Donald Trump’s nominees for key positions at the Treasury Department.

Insurance lobbyists meet GOP staff on ObamaCare repeal

  Insurance lobbyists meet GOP staff on ObamaCare repeal GOP staff provided some details on the bill, but did not share the text of the measure, the sources said. Insurers did get one bit of good news on their end at the meeting: The bill will fund key ObamaCare payments to insurers, known as cost-sharing reductions, likely for two years.An industry source said that fact is making at least some insurers look more favorably on the legislation.Insurers have been pounding the drum about the need for the payments. President Trump has threatened to cancel them in order to bring about instability in ObamaCare marketplaces.

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But on the subject of Obamacare repeal and replacement, congressional Democrats have reached new levels of hysteria and hyperbole. Democratic Senate minority whip Dick Durbin of Illinois: "I will fight this Republican health care repeal in the Senate until Hell freezes over ."

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ranking Democrat Patty Murray of Washington is expected to lead Monday evening’s Democratic floor speeches, which could extend well into the night.

Democrats are also telegraphing a series of parliamentary inquiries from their chamber desks to the presiding officer that they hope will show a contrast in the legislative process used to advance what became the 2010 health care overhaul law and the current process.

While the final bills that ultimately passed the Senate through both regular order and the budget reconciliation process were revealed late in the game, both the HELP and Finance committees held exhaustive hearings and markups of what became the basis for the laws signed by President Barack Obama.

If Democrats are intent on burning the clock, the nominations of Sigal Mandelker to be under secretary for terrorism and financial crimes and , Marshall Billingslea to be assistant secretary for terrorist financing could consume the balance of the Senate’s week, leaving one session week before the scheduled July Fourth recess.

Before any of that, however, the Senate is scheduled to vote to confirm Brock Long to be the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with hurricane season already under way.

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Mitch McConnell: Replacing failed Obamacare .
Seven years ago, Democrats imposed Obamacare on our country. By nearly any measure, it has failed and no amount of 11th hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something. We’ve long called for a better way forward, and we’ve been engaged in intensive talks on how to get there. We debated many policy proposals. We considered many different viewpoints. In the end, we found that we share many ideas about what needs to be achieved and how we can achieve it. We agree on the need to free Americans from Obamacare’s mandates, and policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandate so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don’t need or can’t afford; we’ll repeal the employer mandate so Americans no longer see their hours and take-home pay cut by employers. We agree on the need to improve the affordability of health insurance. Policies contained in the discussion draft will eliminate costly Obamacare taxes that are passed on to consumers, and shift power from Washington to the states so they have more flexibility to provide more Americans with the kind of affordable insurance options they want. We agree on the need to stabilize the insurance markets that are collapsing under Obamacare as well, and ultimately transition away from Obamacare’s collapsing system entirely so more Americans will not be hurt.

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