Arrested Amid Health Care Protests in House, Senate Buildings

Arrested Amid Health Care Protests in House, Senate Buildings

Mike Lee called on the Senate to work through its traditional August break, while continuing to voice opposition to the current GOP health care reform plan.

Republican leaders are tweaking the measure, in a desperate bid to get enough of their party's lawmakers on board, but Cassidy complained he has not even see the new version. McConnell also blamed Senate Democrats for not cooperating with Republicans on confirming nominees, resulting in the start of recess being delayed.

Republicans maintain that they're trying to contain Medicaid spending over the long term, but health care officials said the wave of Baby Boomers entering old age - many of whom have no retirement savings of their own - will make that very hard.

"I'm a believer in not just being a "no" vote", he added.

"I think there's still a path", said Sen.

Health care experts from across the political spectrum have said that Trump's health care bill is unworkable and suffers from fatal flaws and could lead to Americans dropping out of the health care market.

Mitch McConnell initially wanted to put the Better Care Reconciliation Act to a vote before the July 4 recess, but postponed the vote when it became clear they did not have the votes for the bill to pass. He blamed a partisan approach similar to how the Affordable Care Act was originally passed in 2010 by Democrats without any Republican votes.

Democrats have presented a unified front opposing Trump's healthcare proposal ever since the President made it clear that he would go in for massive rollbacks of all the key clauses in Obamacare.

"We're very close, we can get it done and I believe with all my heart we will get it done".

"We're just trying to get a good picture of what the alternatives are and hopefully next week we will be prepared to take the bill up and vote on it", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas.

A spokesman for McConnell told CNBC that he does not "have any expectations of a bill release today", though he noted that the majority leader has said a Congressional Budget Office score is "forthcoming". Both Republican and Democratic critics say that could make it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance.

If approved, the Trump administration's health care bill would repeal most of the taxes that paid for Obamacare.

Romano declined to say he would support the bill, saying "a thousand different things could change in the next 24 hours", but said a replacement of the Affordable Care Act is a priority.

Other conservative members are pushing instead for a bill that would repeal Obamacare and working on a repeal bill at another time.

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