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Time Running Out for Senate on Health Care Reform


The window is quickly closing if Senate Republicans want to vote on a health care bill before the July 4 recess.

But if the GOP leaders are on the cusp of a vote, most senators aren’t in the loop. Republican leaders continue to be under fire — even from their own members — for their tightly guarded process to repealing Obamacare.

It’s being kept under wraps by design. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to be as close to 50 votes as possible before he unveils his legislation. Reveal it too soon and criticism from outside conservative groups, independent reviews and Democrats could have the bill unravel before it hits the floor.

That means the critical lawmakers are also holding back.

“Until I see the bill and the (Congressional Budget Office) assessment of the bill, I’m not going to feel comfortable taking a position,” said Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine.

Democrats are also weighing their options this week on how to slow the GOP’s health care efforts. Sen. Bernie Sanders said he is “in favor” of Democrats using parliamentary tactics that could essentially bring the Senate to a halt.

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