McConnell has kept GOP lawmakers completely in the dark over his strategy on the health care bill, to the frustration of several members of his conference.
After 20 hours of debate, the Senate will then proceed to the so-call vote-a-rama, a process under which almost unlimited amendments can be offered by both Democrats and Republicans. Some of that decline is due to the Affordable Care Act.
Those are some of the most unpopular parts of Obamacare.
Researchers reviewed national survey data of US adults, between ages 18 to 64, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that in states that expanded Medicaid, the gap in insurance coverage between residents of households with annual incomes less than $25,000 and higher-income households with annual incomes greater than $75,000 fell by 46 percent between 2013 and 2015. So "single-payer" means that every American taxpayer is paying for the insurance - and all the overhead costs of a bloated, inefficient, bureaucratic federal government that faces no competition or incentive to be cost-efficient. With the ACA about 20 million more Americans have health insurance.
So what's the goal here? "As we have shown in this analysis, the ACA substantially improved health insurance coverage and access to care for the poor and significantly reduced socioeconomic gaps in health care access in just two years".
In a dramatic turn, Senator John McCain returned from Arizona where he is battling brain cancer to cast a crucial vote on the bill. He called on a bipartisan bill to shore up health insurance markets.
The Senate parliamentarian on Friday said a number of provisions in an earlier version of the GOP's legislation would violate the so-called Byrd Rule, which prohibits extraneous measures from being considered under the fast-track budgetary maneuver known as reconciliation that Republicans are using to advance the health care overhaul.