By Jordan Damond
Update June 22, 2017 – The Senate Republican bill has just been released this morning. Watch for an update soon on its contents.
June 21, 2017 (San Diego) – After Republicans passed a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare and pass their own healthcare reform plan, leading Senators asserted that the Senate would go it’s own way. Senator Lamar Alexander stated, "We're writing a Senate bill and not passing the House bill." Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote by the end of next week, but the majority of the Senate, the press and public have not yet been allowed to view their revised proposal.
"Republicans are writing their health care bill under the cover of darkness because they are ashamed of it," Stated by Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer.
According to Reuters.com. Democrats staged a protest on the Senate floor Monday. As stated on CNN.com , all Dmeocrats and some Republicans voiced worry about the fact that they haven't been given the opportunity to even read the text as of yet. According to the L.A. Times, Democrats planned to object to every single legislative request and use the floor time to criticize Republicans for drafting the healthcare bill behind closed doors.
However, it’s not just the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate that have voiced concerns over the House bill. According to TheHill.com there have been multiple polls such as this one by Politico that show that the majority of Americans are against the Republicans’ healthcare plan, including a staggering 30% of Republican voters. The poll was conducted with 2,051 registered voters over the four days of June 15th to June 19th. The margin of error in regards to this poll was two percent.
The nonpartisan Congressional budget office found the Republican House bill would result in 23 million Americans losing healthcare, as well as substantial cuts to Medicaid expansion, among other concerns.