Protesters rally against GOP health care plan as DC prepares for vote

27 July, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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President Donald J. Trump unloaded on both Republicans and Democrats Monday.

It's unclear whether the new health bill will repeal the former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act without a replacement.

And Trump said legislation will continue to cover preexisting conditions and will devote "substantial resources" to combating opioid addictions, despite Democrats and health-care advocates arguing that it will not.

The approach was not flying with some Republicans. Conservatives like Rand Paul (R-Ky.) say it doesn't go far enough to dismantle Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act.

Two other women senators - Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Shelly Moore-Capito of West Virginia - have also spoken out against the Republican health care bill, though not with the same vehemence that Collins has displayed. "Sometimes I've wanted to win more for the sake of winning than to achieve a contested policy", he said.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Texas Sen.

With less than three weeks before the Senate is to leave Washington for its already-delayed summer recess, Trump took to his bully pulpit and demanded his party get in line.


Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME voted against opening debate.

"Behind me today, we have real American families", Trump said, "great families - I've spent a lot of time with them - who are suffering because seven years ago, a small group of politicians and special interests in Washington engineered a government takeover of health care".

Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the upper chamber. They have been left out of the process, putting the onus on Republicans to lose no more than two votes from members of their own party. John McCain of Arizona, who was just diagnosed with brain cancer, has come back to participate in the vote. Sen.

As of last week, three Republican holdouts said they will vote no on Tuesday's so-called motion to proceed, which opens debate on the legislation. The gambit mirrors President Trump's determination to unravel his predecessor's signature legislative achievement regardless of the consequences.

McCain's best friend in the Senate Lindsey Graham of SC, and other colleagues who have spoken with McCain of late, said he has been itching to get back to the Senate, impatient to return to work.

The question is, what, exactly, will they be voting on?

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