Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

This Is How Scared Republicans Are of Their Own Health Care Bill

This Is How Scared Republicans Are of Their Own Health Care Bill

Lee said it was an honor to discuss health care reform with the president, and "I hope we will be able to find a solution that will lower premiums for Utahns".

Our U.S. senator, Republican Pat Toomey, is one of the senators working on a revision of the health care bill.

As Senate Republicans put the finishing touches on draft legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, party leaders are reportedly working to shield details of their proposal from the public eye and their Democratic colleagues.

Even GOP senators are being left out of the loop.

In addition to withholding the contents of the bill from the public, Senate Republicans have also invoked Senate Rule 14, which means that, once the legislation is finalized and has a CBO score, it will head straight to the full Senate floor for a vote.

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"You know it may not be right for us to do the same thing". His legislative affairs team has been closely involved, but the president himself has been removed - by design, multiple aides say. "They don't want the American people to know how much they cut and destroy Medicaid, or how fat of a tax break they give to the wealthiest few, because they know the backlash will be severe".

The Associated Press first reported Trump's comments, citing two GOP congressional sources who received accounts of the lunch and spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal a closed-door conversation.

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Attendees at the lunch include Iowa Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, Politico Playbook reports. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Six weeks earlier, the House had planned a vote, but it was canceled in an embarrassing setback for Trump. Americans' support for the ACA has never been higher, and the health care reform measure is almost 10 percentage points more popular than Donald Trump, the Republican president desperate to destroy the law that's lowered the uninsured rate to its lowest point on record.

Many Republican senators who attended the meeting dodged questions afterward.

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has criticized Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a key player in modifying the health-care legislation, for not being more transparent in the process. Toomey; they believed the president's promise that their health insurance would get better, not catastrophically worse.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said "congressional Republicans, with President Trump's support, are working to repeal and replace this bad Obamacare law that is harming Americans".

"Don't be the guy who votes to keep Obamacare alive", said a GOP aide who was briefed on the meeting. Nothing, therefore, would get done and Obamacare would go on and on.

After his lunch, Trump will travel to Milwaukee, where he will meet with so-called Obamacare victims, speak about health care and address a fundraiser for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

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