Republicans are promising to make healthcare worse for the people who need it most. Democrats are left with a mealy-mouthed defense of the status quo

How close the Senate Republicans are to repealing Obamacare is anyone’s guess. The same holds for a replacement bill will truly look like. Negotiations, to the horror of anyone with a half-functioning conscience, are occurring in secret, and no Republican will reveal what sort of punishment is in store for the most vulnerable Americans.

Democrats in the Senate, unlike the House, hold some leverage. Republicans can afford to only lose two votes and still pass a bill, and there are enough moderates from swing states to balk at any radical restructuring of American healthcare. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would like to hold a vote before the 4 July recess, doing Donald Trump’s dirty work before vacation time.

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