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The Hill’s John Dickerson joins The Hill’s David Weigel to discuss the latest in the battle over the Senate’s healthcare bill.
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The Senate Democrats on Thursday filed an objection to the Senate GOP’s latest health care bill, calling it a “unprecedented assault on our health care system” and saying the plan “is a continuation of President Trump’s disastrous agenda.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats said the Senate Republicans’ latest proposal “would strip tens of millions of Americans of their healthcare.”
“It is clear that President Trump and Republicans in the Senate have no interest in addressing the serious threats our nation faces from climate change, from opioid addiction, from rising rates of obesity, from the Zika virus, and more,” Schumer said in a statement Thursday.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D) said the new Senate GOP bill is a “radical departure” from past Senate proposals.
“President Trump’s agenda, which includes defunding Planned Parenthood, imposing a carbon tax on businesses, threatening American manufacturing and gutting the Affordable Care Act, is unacceptable and would undermine millions of middle class families and American businesses,” Durbins statement read.
“The president’s healthcare plan, if passed, would strip millions of people of their health care, gut our safety net, and devastate the middle class and our economy.
We will fight this disastrous proposal in the United States Senate.”
Senate Democrats on Wednesday filed a motion with the Republican-controlled Senate to object to the GOP health care plan.
It would block the Senate bill from taking effect.
“There is simply no justification for this bill,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Reid (D), the Senate majority leader, said in the motion.
“There is no guarantee that our country will remain stable.”
Senate Republicans said Thursday that they will move forward with the Senate healthcare bill without Democrats’ objection.
The plan would be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature, potentially as early as Friday.
Republicans are working to win over the support of moderate Democrats and independents to support the Senate legislation.
The GOP’s plan has been widely criticized as a step backward for Democrats, who have criticized the GOP plan for cutting off access to insurance for millions of poor people and for a $2 trillion cut to Medicare.
The White House and Senate Democrats have tried to distance themselves from the Republican proposal, which has drawn criticism from several centrist Democrats who have said the plan would only benefit wealthy people.
“This bill is not about the wealthy.
This bill is about the American people, and that is why we cannot and should not allow Republicans to continue to ram through a health care legislation that does not serve the American public,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday.
“We will continue to work with all Democrats, including moderate and liberal Democrats, to make sure this bill does not advance the Republicans’ agenda.”
Republicans said they were not planning to oppose the House bill because they believe it will be better.
“The Senate’s plan is better, more comprehensive and far more popular than the House’s plan, and the president supports it.
We’re very confident it will pass the House,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Wednesday.