Understanding Congressional Confusion on Health Care

"The relentless pace of mind-blowing revelations on Russian Federation have been a disaster for Donald Trump but also an opportunity for Mitch McConnell", said Ben Wikler, Washington director for the liberal group MoveOn.org.

The Republican health replacement bill comes as House Republicans rushed to pass a sweeping legislative package that drastically slashes Medicaid spending, rolls back upper income and insurance industry taxes, expands the ability of insurance plans to charge older Americans more for their premiums, and provides states with the option to opt out of most consumer protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act.

More than 2.5 million people in the seven states were enrolled in Medicaid under the expanded access allowed by the 2010 law as of past year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Collins isn't a member of the Senate "working group", but the Maine Republican is pivotal player in the health care debate - and a critical vote for leadership to win over.

Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have not mentioned the possibility that the recess could be canceled, according to CBS News. "I've never seen anything like it, as far as the secrecy", said Paul Ginsburg, a health policy expert at the University of Southern California.

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Donald Trump now calls the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives "mean, mean, mean".

The Senate won't vote until the Congressional Budget Office evaluates the proposal's effect on health care coverage - including how many Americans would stand to gain or lose coverage. Now it's the Senate's turn to improve that bill.

The Senate is planning to act soon to pass their own bill, which is expected to mirror numerous provisions of the House GOP bill.

Healthcare workers, hundreds of nurses and patients are expected to rally in order to protest the effort to rescind Affordable Care Act.

Professor Ross Baker of Rutgers University deemed the GOP process of drafting the health care bill in closed meetings and keeping its details a secret from colleagues unprecedented.

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The ad campaign specifically targets; Sens. He said his group is targeting 11 Senate Republicans, including Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Dean Heller of Nevada, Rob Portman of OH and Collins and Murkowski.

Several of the senators being targeted have expressed some concern about the evolving Senate legislation or its process. The GOP's majority in the Senate is razor thin - at 52 to 48. She also has been critical of defunding Planned Parenthood, an item that will likely be included if McConnell needs conservative support for his bill.

The ads seek to cast the GOP effort as having a negative impact on families and older Americans. Dean Heller of Nevada, who faces re-election in 2018.

GOP senators have been divided over pivotal questions about dismantling and replacing chunks of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The members are deeply divided on key issues, the most intractable of which seems to be the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid coverage.

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