Will Senate Health-Care Bill Appear Sooner or Later? Only McConnell Knows

But Democrats will at least temporarily test the political impact of adding to those obstacles, beginning tonight and tomorrow, according to a Senate aide who spoke to HuffPost's Sam Stein.

This month, a debate has raged in left-wing circles over whether Senate Democrats are letting President Trump's Russian Federation scandals distract them and the resistance from attacking Republicans' health care bill.

The aide said 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.

Even the deeply partisan debate over the development of the Affordable Care Act, which ended with Democrats alone voting for the bill, had Republicans at the table for much of the process.

The Obamacare replacement passed by the House last month includes deep cuts to Medicaid and other health expenditures. "I am in favor of the American people and members of Congress doing everything that we can to defeat that horrific piece of legislation that will hurt tens and tens of millions of people in our country".

More conservative senators, however, have been pushing for the lower growth rate as part of an effort to restrain Medicaid spending further.

Democrats are also telegraphing a series of parliamentary inquiries from their chamber desks to the presiding officer that they hope will show a contrast in the legislative process used to advance what became the 2010 health care overhaul law and the current process.

Democrats have recently ramped up their criticism of the GOP for attempting to pass such momentous and potentially devastating legislation without revealing any of their plans to the public.

Last week they swiftly latched on to a quote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who told reporters that the GOP wasn't hiding anything on health care. Senators won't vote without an analysis, or score, of the bill by the Congressional Budget Office, and that means they would need to finalize negotiations this week.

"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.

Senate Republicans also face pressure from the right.

"Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

Democratic lawmakers are fed up with the Republicans keeping their healthcare bill secret.

Senate Republicans are trying to get cut a deal among their own members, and are expected to bring the measure directly to the floor as early as next week - and avoid committee hearings and votes.

It's a key two weeks for Senate Republicans, who are edging closer to a vote as soon as the end of this month on legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Like many conservatives, Cruz believes that in order to bring down the cost of health insurance, lawmakers need to repeal as numerous Obamacare-era regulations as possible.

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