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According to Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), a member of the Republican leadership, the Senate will force a vote on their controversial bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday next week.

In an interview on FOX News, Barrasso said that the Senate is “going to vote before the Fourth of July recess on a healthcare plan, a repeal and replacement of Obamacare.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also publicly declared his support for a vote before the Fourth of July recess, despite the fact that neither the Senate nor the public has actually seen the bill that they will be voting on. The Congressional Budget Office also has not seen the bill, although the Senate will not be able to vote without a CBO score. It should be noted, too, that healthcare in the United States accounts for a massive 17 percent of GDP.

While the version of Trumpcare that passed the House of Representatives – a bill that even Trump called “mean” – would strip 23 million Americans of their health coverage, Senate Republicans are reportedly considering even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House bill. In the House bill, the CBO found that 14 million fewer people would be enrolled in Medicaid over the next 10 years.

While Republicans may claim that the ACA, or Obamacare, was rushed through Congress, the truth is that there were months of consideration for the bill. In 2009, there were 36 days of hearings, 18 days of markups, and 26 days (270 hours) of debate on the Senate floor. That is a far cry from the two to four hours that McConnell is threatening in his desperation to pass Trumpcare.

It is important to note that a dismal eight percent of Americans are in favor of the passage of Trumpcare. Republicans, then, obviously have a vested interest in getting the bill passed as quickly and quietly as possible; the longer the bill is subject to debate, the more it will be exposed for the death sentence that it is.

Senate Republicans are not only priming themselves to deliver a devastating blow to Americans’ ability to receive health insurance, but are doing so in a shamefully and egregiously secretive way. While Senate Republicans may consider backroom deals appropriate, Americans have – and will continue to – voice their opposition to this wildly unpopular and unprecedented affront not only to our healthcare, but the democratic process in the United States.

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