Rubio: 'Slow down on health care vote'

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Senate Democrats are escalating their attack on Republicans' plans to repeal Obamacare this week, though their party remains divided on how far to take activists' demands that they shut down the Senate in protest of the GOP's dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.

Submitting a series of unanimous consent requests "to attempt to force the House-passed healthcare bill to committee, delay" a series of votes on the legislation, "and increase transparency, forcing Republicans to publicly defend their 'no hearings strategy'".

Senate Republicans might move forward with a plan to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House's health care bill, which could be a major blow for Senate moderates.

The aide says Democrats will begin slowing work on bills by refusing to let the Senate bypass time-consuming procedural steps, which it customarily does on most legislation.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to openly discuss the plans.

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The GOP-run House narrowly approved its version of the legislation last month.

"I can't think of another piece of legislation of this scope and magnitude that affects so many people that has been drawn up behind such a dense veil of secrecy", Baker told the Los Angeles Times.

There's a reason Republicans want to Trumpcare on the down low - even Fox News is unable to spin the unpopularity of the bill, which is essentially a tax cut for the rich masquerading as health care reform.

"I'm a firm believer that the amount of work you have expands to fit the amount of time you give to it. Deadlines sharpen a man's mind", he said, The Hill reports.

Democratic lawmakers are fed up with the Republicans keeping their healthcare bill secret. McConnell is trying to keep the pressure off the many Republican senators who have offered pledges of varying degrees of specificity to protect Medicaid and other aspects of the ACA that benefit their constituents.

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"Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple,"Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said in a statement".

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has said he would like to hold a vote before the chamber leaves for a week-long recess over the Fourth of July holiday.

The Senator declared that it was "completely unacceptable" that GOP members could write their bill in seclusion, with no input or insight from Senate Democrats or the public as a whole.

"Health care is priority No. 1 right now", said Nicole Gill, executive director of Tax March, which organized more than 100 rallies across the country on April 15.

Republicans fired back shortly afterward with a release titled, "Does All-Out War Sound Bipartisan?" listing quotes from Schumer and other Democrats promising to do everything they can to defeat the emerging GOP measure. These include disagreements over phasing out the Medicaid expansion, easing some of the law's coverage requirements and reshaping subsidies the statute provides to millions of individuals buying policies.

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