"You're free to ask anybody anything".
The President will likely accept whatever they come up with - "Pretty obviously (he's) not a details guy", one Republican aide said - but will eventually be called on to help rally support for the final product. It would remove the Obamacare mandate that everyone purchase health coverage, replace the law's subsidies to buy health coverage with tax credits, cut Medicaid by more than $800 billion over a decade, opt out of coverage requirements and roll back the law's taxes on the wealthy and parts of the health care industry.
Democrats say the process is blatantly hypocritical because Republicans complained before Obamacare passed in 2010 that it was largely written behind closed doors. Now, facing a deadline if they want to finish the legislation this summer, the Trump administration is looking to step up pressure on GOP senators. How about you? Is this the way to pass a law that may affect you or others you know. But at least have the decency, honor, a little bit of courage.
Although the bill gave Mr Trump his first legislative win, it was criticised by both Democrats and Senate Republicans.
Unfortunately, the American public may not have those opportunities with the Senate's AHCA bill. As a result, expect the Senate's secret bill to be only a cosmetic deviation from what was brewed up by Ryan and company.More news: Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market
On Tuesday, reporters were temporarily barred from interviewing senators in Senate hallways without prior permission from the Senate Rules Committee. The GOP also has a tight timeline with leaders including Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas calling for action before an August recess to provide time for other priorities later.
"In terms of strategery, I hope he's just trying to motivate the Senate", Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said Wednesday, employing a mangled word used by former President George W. Bush.
Now, Senate Democrats are again forcefully speaking out against their GOP colleagues' quiet drafting of a health care bill. And while that practice may not be unheard of, it is troubling for a bill of this magnitude and with this much controversy attached to it, says Dr. Paul B. Ginsburg, the director for the Center of Health and Policy at the Brookings Institution.
"I have none planned, Senator Murray", Alexander replied.
The politics of this debate are interesting, because states with the most Medicaid customers are generally states governed by Republicans, and have the highest percentage of low-income individuals and families. To those in the Senate, can you tell us what will happen to our insurance premiums, and our parents'?
Among those problems include how long to continue funding for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.