Senate Democrats held a talkathon from the Senate floor on Monday night, ahead of a key hurdle on the GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
 
"When the goal is big tax cuts, it's hard to come up with something that actually also improves people's healthcare. The Republican health bills have gone from bad to worse to embarrassing," said Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCordray's legacy of consumer protection worth defending Booker tries to find the right lane  Jones raised 0K a day after first Moore accusers came forward: report MORE (D-Mass.).
 
Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Jones raised 0K a day after first Moore accusers came forward: report Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban MORE (D-Conn.) said that it was "gut check time" in the Senate, while Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) added that Republicans are preparing to "blow up" healthcare. 
 
The floor protest, which stretched late into Monday night, comes as Republicans plan to try to proceed Tuesday to the House-passed healthcare bill, paving the way for Senate GOP action on an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace effort.

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With a 52-seat majority, Republicans have a narrow margin to be able to start debate on their healthcare proposals. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) needs 50 senators to agree to start debate.
Several moderate GOP senators remain on the fence ahead of the vote, though McConnell may be boosted by news that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (R-Ariz.) will return to the Senate on Tuesday. 
 
 
"We are on the verge of taking a vote on a bill that objectively will rein a level of devastation down on this country that's really hard to fathom," he said.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE (I-Vt.) painted the vote on the healthcare bill as a life or death situation for Americans with life-threatening illnesses including cancer. 

"They are struggling for their lives right now ... and they are thinking what happens if this Republican bill is passed, will I live ... or will I die?" Sanders asked from the Senate floor.  
 
Republicans have yet to say if their end goal is to move ObamaCare repeal and replacement in the same bill, or repeal ObamaCare with a delayed replacement. Democrats aren't expected to support either.
 
"Not one of these options is acceptable, and I'm skeptical that my colleagues will be able to come up with a better solution in the next 24 hours," said Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).
 
Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe GOP defends Trump judicial nominee with no trial experience Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  MORE (D-Ill.) urged Republicans to buck leadership and help stall the bill, floating that they could send the legislation through the Senate committee process instead.

"Here's the good news. If three Republicans — three of 52 — will step up and say, stop, we can do better as a Senate, that will be the end of this terrible endeavor," he said from the Senate floor on Monday evening.

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems in Germany: Trump can't stop clean energy revolution Senate Dems demand answers on Social Security info given to election integrity commission Strange bedfellows on criminal justice reform could offer Trump a legislative win MORE (D-R.I) added that his GOP colleagues should not be controlled by a "cabal of creepy billionaires."

Democrats have ripped Republicans for the closed-door process used to craft their healthcare legislation, including an initial working group convened by McConnell that didn't include female senators.

They're stepping up their messaging war against the healthcare bill ahead of Tuesday's vote. In addition to the slate of floor speeches, Democrats and constituents went live on Facebook from off the Senate floor.

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownScott Garrett poses real threat to EXIM Bank, small businesses Class warfare fight erupts over tax bills Senators Hatch, Brown have heated exchange on GOP tax plan MORE (D-Ohio), who is up for reelection in 2018, is holding a healthcare town hall later this week.

If the current GOP healthcare effort fails, Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal Murkowski: ObamaCare fix not a precondition for tax vote MORE (R-Tenn.) has said he would hold a hearing in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee focused on insurance prices. McConnell said it was his "suspicion" that there could be hearings.

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who presided over part of the Democratic marathon session, said there had been "a lot of innuendo" about the GOP healthcare effort on Monday night. 
 
"Let me talk about who's hurting people in America today ... [Democrats] want a big government solution that gives them more power," Perdue said during an impassioned floor speech. "ObamaCare is hurting people right now." 
 
He knocked the Congressional Budget Office, saying it doesn't "know what they're doing," and called the Medicaid expansion "bribery from the federal government." 
 
Perdue also, echoing Trump, accused Democrats of slow-walking the president's picks and warned it could compromise bigger GOP agenda items such as tax reform. 
 
"It's outrageous. The American people ought to be upset ... [Democrats] are dragging their feet," he said. 
 
Sen. Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineBooker tries to find the right lane  Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations MORE (D-Va.) made a special mention of McCain from the Senate floor on Monday night; the senator is recovering from surgery and was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, but will be back in Washington this week. 

"Cancer is going to find a match in Senator McCain. This touches us in this body," he said.

Updated 10:31 p.m.