Dems say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters following a GOP strategy session Tuesday

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On Monday night, Democrats will "begin objecting to all unanimous consent requests", according to a senior Senate Democratic aide.

Another twist: Tuesday's special congressional election in Georgia.

Against that background, McConnell's task this week is two-fold: finish a bill and convince enough people to back it.

Also on Monday, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA were scheduled to rally supporters against the Republican plan in a Facebook Live event, another Democratic aide said.

Also watch for the Medicaid expansion to be phased out more slowly than the steep cliff proposed by House Republicans.

That's not going to happen in the Senate where non-expansion Republicans have argued that Medicaid-expansion states shouldn't be allowed to keep more federal money.

Portman is playing a key role in another negotiation over Medicaid.

"Our health-care system affects every single American and one-sixth of our economy", Schumer wrote. I've spoken to a number of people who know McConnell well who speculate that he'll force a vote regardless of whether he knows he has 50 votes.

Lawmakers are wrangling with a series of tough questions: Will those who have pre-existing conditions still be able to buy insurance, as they do under Obamacare? This bill taints everyone who touches it. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2026, 23 million more Americans will lack health insurance because of the law.

Last week, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump called the House version of the bill "mean", in a closed lunch, despite having a Rose Garden celebration when the bill was passed.

"Sen. McConnell said there'd be a vote", he told reporters.

Murkowski is independent-minded and fiercely loyal to Alaska, which has some of the most expensive insurance premiums in the country.

That is what makes the current GOP effort so remarkable, he said. No Democrat is expected to support the repeal effort.

His comments come as Senate Republicans are working hard to finalize legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, without a formal, open drafting session.

Even without outside pressure, Senate Republicans have struggled to coalesce around an Obamacare replacement bill, with moderates and conservatives in the party pushing in different directions. Bill Cassidy, aimed at giving states more power to determine their own health care policy. A wide variety of GOP senators have complained publicly that they have no idea what the Republican proposal entails.

No draft bill has yet been made available, though a variety of details have emerged in recent weeks on how Republicans might alter a House-passed health bill. "So when they vote on the new healthcare bill, tell them to think about what's right for our families and vote 'no'". According to an analysis by Media Matters looking at coverage from June 1 through June 14, the bill has received scant mention on broadcast and cable news, with Republican secrecy surrounding the bill barely even being mentioned.

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