Senate Republicans are expected to ease some of its cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, and make other changes. Democrats and even a few of the excluded Republicans are unhappy that such a vital piece of legislation is being created behind closed doors.

The Affordable Care Act is far from ideal, but to repeal it outright without a replacement whose provisions have been scrutinized, discussed and debated in public would cause unnecessary pain and upheaval.

The senator added that Senate Republicans will try to "ram this bill through, with no hearings, no public discussion and get it signed into law" in the hope that Americans then won't look at its details and hold them accountable.

But once Republicans finalize amendment language for the measure that houses the GOP plan to revamp the nation's health insurance system, there will not be much debate at all.

Second-ranking Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas said lawmakers are working on the legislation "as fast as we can".

"Some version of secrecy has to happen". Both would be more gradual than the House bill. I think that's the difference. "That would be a second known instance of the president criticizing the GOP bill in private meetings". "What is the harm in us gathering in the old Senate chamber, a hundred senators, Democrats and Republicans, and trying to maybe to come together?"

The procedures McConnell will use will let Senate Republicans pass the bill as long as no more than two of the 52 GOP senators oppose it. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told the Chicago Tribune. Again, I don't want to prejudge and I would have liked, as you already know, for this to be a more open process and have committee hearings, but that's not what we're doing.

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer pointed to "very good" progress on the bill, but he declined to say whether White House aides had even seen a draft. After the Congressional Budget Office found that 24 million people would lose health care under the initial version of the AHCA bill, constituents responded by flooding House offices with phone calls. The Congressional Budget Act limits debate to 20 hours on a reconciliation measure.

Schumer said the "shameful Trumpcare bill" would provide tax breaks for the country's most wealthy people and make middle-class citizens pay more for less health care.

The legislation didn't become law until March 2010.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have none of it.

Early in 2009, a Gang of Six, three senators from each party, used secret talks to unsuccessfully seek compromise on an overall bill.

"When President Trump said that the House bill was mean he was not kidding around", Sen. At the same time, Democrats lack the votes to block the GOP effort. Closed-door discussions were also used to resolve differences with anti-abortion Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of MI that threatened the bill's passage. "Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple", Chuck Schumer said Monday. Democrats registered their displeasure with both the process and policy Republicans are spearheading in a series of Senate floor speeches that stretched late into Monday night. But the White House wants to almost zero out congressional appropriations and increase dramatically user fees paid by pharmaceutical and medical technology manufacturers. Americans need to know what McConnell and his bill drafters are planning - before they "jam it past not only the Senate but the American people". As of Tuesday morning, key rank-and-file Senate Republicans have still not gotten official word on the timing of a vote.