Clashes erupt in Senate over new GOP healthcare bill

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The GOP finally released their 142-page proposal Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare, and already the fight has begun over what it will cover, even though Democrats complain they haven’t had time to review it yet.

Forgetting Nancy Pelosi’s famous statement from the past of “We have to hurry and pass it to see what’s in it,” Democrats are upset that Republicans crafted the bill behind closed doors, and are demanding more time to review it.

A vote could come on the new bill before the July 4 break, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.y.) presented it Thursday morning.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) complained that even many Republicans don’t know what’s in the bill.

“We won’t see the real bill, apparently, until next week even though we were told we would see it this morning. Thirteen men in a private room wrote this discussion draft that is not a bill. Even the other side doesn’t know what we have. This is deplorable,” Murray said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) denounced the bill as “the most harmful piece of legislation I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) ripped the proposal to shreds, saying, “This is a bill to strip away healthcare benefits and protections from Americans who need it most, in order to give a tax break to the folks who need it least.”

Schumer demanded the GOP throw the whole thing out and start over. “Let us right now, Democrats and Republicans, sit down right now and try to come up with a bipartisan bill. We are willing to do it right now this minute. Will you accept the offer?” he asked.

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