Senate health care status: No bill yet

The Senate's GOP plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is expected to phase out Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid and reduce federal subsidies for buying insurance on the private market.

In a show of frustration with what they deem the GOP's "shameful" and "secret" legislative process, Democrats on Monday also held the Senate floor with a series of back-to-back speeches. 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.

Blumenthal has scheduled Monday's hearing for 9 a.m.at the state Capitol in Hartford.

The lack of public hearings on what Senate Republicans might do on health care has been getting more and more attention from Democrats in recent weeks, as GOP leaders labor to find agreement on a plan that can get 50 votes in the Senate.

"I expect us to vote on it next week", Sen.

This process defies two centuries of Senate tradition that says the upper chamber is the statesmanlike brake on the passions of the more raucous House. Senators like Portman are calling for more resources to be provided to governors so that opioid treatment funding doesn't end up on the chopping block. However, the bill does still allow states to choose whether to require insurers to cover essential health benefits, which include emergency room care, hospitalization, maternity care, and prescription medicines. Republican leaders would like a vote in July, even before the July 4 recess if possible. It's unclear what concessions leadership will ultimately make on the Medicaid front.

"When this happens, she isn't thinking about the health-care bill in Congress", the narrator says. "If they liked the bill, they'd have brass bands marching down the middle of small-town America saying what a great bill it is".

When a reporter noted the other day that Senate Republicans are pushing a health care bill amid a level of secrecy "not seen since before World War I", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) dismissed the observation as "crazy talk". The ACA called for an expansion of the Medicaid program for those with low incomes to everyone who earns less than 133 percent of poverty (around $16,000 a year for an individual), with the federal government footing much of the bill.

"These secret negotiations could strip health care from millions of Americans, just to pay for a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans".

That matters: In order to protect the Senate's ability to pass the bill under budget rules that require only a simple majority rather than 60 votes, the bill's savings must at least match those of the House version.

The organization, which bills itself as a consumer health group, is targeting Sens.

Despite the fact that Trump threw a big party after House Republicans passed the AHCA, the president isn't entirely sold on the bill.