Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price argued Sunday the Senate’s recently released health care bill will significantly improve the current Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, and will include protection of Americans’ medical coverage, but acknowledged having to “thread a needle” to get the measure passed.
The bill, which was written behind closed doors, is facing its fair share of criticism from Democrats who say that it negatively mimics the House’s plan. Sen. Voting yes on the Senate health care bill would be a vote directly against me, my family and all Pennsylvanians.
Small business owner Molly Connor is one of 70,000 Hoosiers who may lose her insurance on Indiana’s exchange. Elaine Rodriguez spoke for many parents saying her disabled daughter, Leandra, depends on Medicaid for medicine and oxygen.
The Republican senator told reporters Friday, “I wouldn’t say they are losing it”.
All together, it shows how long-term conservative goals of cutting taxes and entitlement spending have overtaken Trump’s agenda, as the bill faces critical votes in the Senate as soon as next week that could take it to the precipice of becoming law.
Mr Obama also wrote that politics could not get in the way of the “compromise” needed between Republicans and Democrats in order to not “put the American people through [the] pain” of being excluded from benefits while pregnant or sick, expensive bills, or high deductibles “while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return”. That program is jointly funded by the states and the federal government.
Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators.
Cassidy’s concerns have critics of the Senate bill hoping they can persuade him to oppose the proposal. Sen.
Brian Sandoval, the governor of Heller’s home state, is a Republican, but he is counting on Heller to provide what could be a crucial vote to maintain President Barack Obama’s health care law, which has been a boon for the working poor in Nevada. Sen.
“The Medicaid cuts are the part of the Senate bill that probably give us the most heartburn”, Moller said.
Calls to the White House and the GOP majority’s office were not immediately returned. “People aren’t out here because it’s super fun to be in the spitting rain, protesting for hours, people are out here because it’s literally life or death”, Vashti Bandi of South Philadelphia said.
Far-right Republicans in his state – who strongly support President Trump – also have their eyes on Heller to see if he will abandon the president.
Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, oppose the current version of the bill for being too similar to Obamacare. The legislation would also allow states to opt-out of Obamacare’s Essential Health Requirements, a change that would pave the way for insurers denying comprehensive coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.