Thieves!

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY JA­SON SILVERSTEIN

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Sen. Bernie San­ders on Sun­day urged Democrats in the Se­nate to do any­thing nec­es­sary — pos­si­bly in­clud­ing shut­ting down day-to-day busi­ness — to thwart the GOP’s se­cre­tive work on its health care bill.

“I be­lieve Democrats should do ev­ery­thing they can to op­pose that leg­is­la­tion in any way that we can,” the Vermont in­de­pen­dent told CBS News’ “Face the Na­tion.”

On that show and CNN’s “State of the Union,” San­ders did noth­ing to down­play the pos­si­bil­ity that Democrats might halt all con­gres­sional work to op­pose the Repub­li­can bill.

Deem­ing it “the worst piece of leg­is­la­tion” he had seen in his 26-year ca­reer in Congress, San­ders ruled out no op­tion for Democrats to fight back as Repub­li­cans rush to fin­ish the bill be­hind closed doors.

“They want to keep it se­cret. They don’t want the me­dia in­volved, they don’t want mem­bers of Congress in­volved,” the 2016 “Feel the Bern” pres­i­den­tial can­di­date told “Face the Na­tion.”

“At the last minute present it, they push it through, and that is one-sixth of the Amer­i­can econ­omy and mil­lions of peo­ple thrown off of health in­sur­ance. That un­ac­cept­able.”

San­ders’ fiery re­marks came a day af­ter CNN re­ported Se­nate Democrats were weigh­ing whether to shut down cham­ber busi­ness this week as a form of protest.

The is Se­nate is they now con­sid­er­ing the Oba­macare re­place­ment bill that nar­rowly passed in the House last month, de­spite nearly uni­ver­sal op­po­si­tion from health care ad­vo­cates and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The House bill would scrap Oba­macare cov­er­age in fa­vor of tax cred­its in­tended to help cit­i­zens pay for their health care. But the cred­its would mostly ben­e­fit wealthy Amer­i­cans, while most mid­dle class and poor cit­i­zens would barely re­ceive enough credit to cover most health care costs. The bill also calls for an $880 bil­lion cut to Med­i­caid.

The Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice es­ti­mated it would de­prive 23 mil­lion peo­ple of health care in the next decade.

The bill is ex­pected to face vast over­hauls in the Se­nate, and Repub­li­can are hop­ing to pass it be­fore Congress be­gins a July 4 re­cess. But Repub­li­cans have been tin­ker­ing with the leg­is­la­tion in se­cret — keep­ing the Dems and the pub­lic from know­ing its changes.

Sen. Marco Ru­bio (R-Fla.) said Sun­day that ev­ery­one in the Se­nate is “go­ing to get to weigh in” on the fi­nal text — even if the GOP se­cretly crafts the bill be­fore­hand.

“I have no prob­lem with a group of peo­ple meet­ing to con­duct a pro­posal,” he said.

“But ul­ti­mately, that pro­posal can­not be rushed to the floor.”

Pres­i­dent Trump’s opin­ion on the bill could be another ob­sta­cle. Af­ter cham­pi­oning the House leg­is­la­tion for weeks, and even cel­e­brat­ing its ap­proval with a party for Repub­li­cans in the Rose Gar­den, Trump abruptly re­versed course last week and told GOP sen­a­tors he thinks the House bill is “mean.”

Sen. Bernie San­ders said it’s pos­si­ble Democrats would stop con­gres­sional busi­ness to block Repub­li­can health care plan.

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