- Title: Schumer: Senate healthcare bill "meaner" than House bill
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JUNE 22, 2017) (REUTERS) WOMAN IN WHEEL CHAIR SAYING "YES I HAD A DAUGHTER WITH A DISABILITY, I AM ONE OF THOSE SOCIAL SECURITY FAMILIES, IT IS CALLED GENETIC" AS SHE IS WHEELED AWAY BY SECURITY FROM PROTESTING IN FRONT OF SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL'S OFFICE WOMAN IN WHEEL CHAIR SAYING "NO CUTS TO MEDICAID" AS SHE IS WHEELED AWAY BY SECURITY FROM PROTESTING IN FRONT OF SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL'S OFFICE
- Embargoed: 6th July 2017 18:12
- Keywords: health care Republican healthcare plan Schumer Obamacare protests Barack Obama Facebook statement
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES / INTERNET
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES / INTERNET
- Country: USA
- Topics: Lawmaking,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0046MD2XQF
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- Story Text: Top Senate Democrat Charles Schumer called the new Senate healthcare bill "meaner" than House bill, as scores of people protested the measure outside of the office of Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.
U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday (June 22) unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare, proposing to kill a tax on the wealthy that pays for it and reduce aid to the poor to cut costs.
With Democrats deeply opposed to Republican attempts to overhaul former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the route to passage was extremely narrow for Republicans, who control both houses of Congress. There were no assurances that moderates and conservatives will be able to bridge their differences.
The proposal, worked out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with other Republican leaders in secret, was welcomed by President Donald Trump. The president privately bashed as "mean" a version passed last month in the House of Representatives, according to congressional sources.
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, was among a number of Republicans who said they weren't ready to support the legislation in its current form.
Trump, who said on Wednesday (June 21) that he wants a health plan "with heart," told reporters at the White House that healthcare legislation will require "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good." He said he doubted Democrats would help.
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