Health care battle: Republicans impose July 4 deadline

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On Monday, Schumer and three other Democrats on the Senate committee on health, education, labor and pensions sent a letter addressed to Republican leaders demanding that they "schedule hearings to discuss, debate and hear testimony about the healthcare bill that you are now drafting in secret".

Groups fighting the Republican drive to replace Obamacare say they're anxious that investigations into President Donald Trump and his campaign are diverting from efforts to derail the GOP health-care bill.

While none of these measures can hold up the bill indefinitely, the Democratic protests will slow down the Senate business and likely bring more attention to the issue.

The effort comes with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hoping to weave together a bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama's health care law so the Senate can vote on it before leaving for its July 4 recess.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to openly discuss the plans.

While Senate Republicans are writing their own healthcare bill, they are considering making even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House, The Hill reported Monday.

Not a single Democrat supports the effort, meaning McConnell can afford only two GOP defections.

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The Senate "repeal and replace" legislation is still being negotiated behind closed doors, although observers say it will closely resemble the bill that passed the House.

Paul, the Kentucky Republican, complained that the thrust of the GOP bill is to subsidize rather than fix the individual health insurance markets Obamacare has sent into a "death spiral". Asked to comment, a spokesman for Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell said only that the Senate meant to vote on nominees for Trump administration positions in the coming days.

There's a reason Republicans want to Trumpcare on the down low - even Fox News is unable to spin the unpopularity of the bill, which is essentially a tax cut for the rich masquerading as health care reform.

A major point of contention is how deeply and quickly to cut the federal funding for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which helped millions of people gain health insurance.

The House narrowly approved its version of repeal last month. But GOP senators still disagree on a number of key issues, such as what to do with Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, taxes and tax credits. The legislation passed 217 to 213 with 20 Republicans defecting, and every Democrat voting against. Democrats have gotten sparse attendance at press conferences to highlight the House bill's impact on Obamacare's insurance exchanges, Medicaid funds for opioid treatment, and women's health. They then listed all of the rooms available in Senate Office buildings for them to schedule a health care hearing.

Edwin Park, vice president for health policy with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the little information being leaked about the Senate bill indicates it generally resembles the one that passed the House. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who is one of the 13 senators negotiating the details of the bill, in an op-ed in May.

Now, however, some Republicans fear the comment may actually come back to haunt them.