Other taxes, though, like the tax on medical equipment makers and the tax on health care insurers are likely to be jettisoned. While this will not prevent any measure from passing, it can slow down proceedings significantly. Repealing Obamacare is a popular idea among Republican voters, but as the House tried to find a way to do that, Obamacare started to get more popular, even among some Republicans.
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Collins has made clear that she sees serious problems with the legislation that House Republicans passed last month, and is a rare proponent of working with Democrats on a health care plan. They have been trying to write a bill since May, when House Republicans barely passed a controversial - and largely unpopular - piece of legislation.
Congressional hearings often generate more heat than light. A May 16-22 Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 55 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of it. "This is a red-alert moment". The bill is shaping up to have a similar structure as the House's bill, while more reflecting the principles of centrist Republicans in both chambers. Senate Republicans are expected to ease some of its cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, and make other changes. They include prohibiting states from expanding Medicaid and phase out the Medicaid expansion entirely, allow waivers for what he called "onerous requirements imposed by the ACA", kill any tax cuts or taxes in Obamacare and gut all funding to Planned Parenthood. They also must navigate abortion policy.
Senate Republican Marco Rubio said he hoped there would be "plenty of time for debate and analysis" on such a crucial bill.
The clock is ticking.
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"They're ashamed of the bill", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to the New York Times Thursday. Retailers should highlight their individual efforts over the last decade to work in partnership with government and civic leaders to promote solutions to environmental and labor challenges at our nation's ports.
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So far, Democrats have had a tough time getting their message out as the Russian Federation investigations are dominating news coverage and reporters are talking primarily to Republicans in a health debate that relies only on their votes. Democrats have warned of coverage losses that would occur under a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office manages to quickly estimate its cost on the federal budget and effect on people's health-care coverage. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who is one of the 13 senators negotiating the details of the bill, in an op-ed in May.
Rubio indicated that Senate Republicans will need to work on revising the bill together; the won't simply accept and vote on McConnell's draft.
That's not normal, say nonpartisan health-care analysts and historians. But the next time they debate something behind closed doors, the process could normalize a bit more.
Now, however, some Republicans fear the comment may actually come back to haunt them.