The Congressional Budget Office on Monday released its analysis of the Senate Republican healthcare bill, projecting significant coverage losses both immediately and over the next decade if the legislation were to become law. But without the support of Paul, Cruz, Lee, Johnson and Heller, passage of the bill in its current form is almost impossible, unless Republicans can manage to draw Democratic votes, which is highly unlikely. Later in the interview, Cassidy – a physician – seemed to indicate he’d like to see Medicaid turned into block grants for the states, a position supported by many Republicans and denounced by Democrats and some Republican governors.
Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators. “The level of hostility”. “I call her Pocahontas and that’s an insult to Pocahontas”. That’s because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Obama’s law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs. “And I hope that changes in the future”. “Healthcare’s a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn’t like it”.
“Honestly, nobody can be totally happy, even without the votes”, Trump said.
He also signalled that last-minute changes were coming to win enough support for passage.
That’s not sitting well with GOP Sen.
“I would like to delay”, said Sen.
US Senator Ron Johnson is one of the five senators opposing the bill.
Under these bills, younger people’s costs would tend to go down. They leave in place much of the Affordable Care Act’s architecture, but provide less money for subsidies and cut most of the taxes. But she said it would be “extremely difficult” for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates. “I have a hard time believing Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to properly evaluate this”. Senator John Cornyn of Texas said there is “a sense of urgency” to push forward but acknowledged the outcome is “going to be close”.
The report likely won’t yield good headlines for Republicans.
According to the CBO, the Senate bill does reduce the deficit by $321 billion over the next 10 years, which $202 billion more than the House version that passed last month.
The Senate legislation resembles a bill the House approved in May that the budget office said would result in 23 million additional Americans without coverage by 2026.
Most concerns come from changes in Medicaid and pre-existing conditions. And it would put annual caps on overall Medicaid money the government until now has automatically paid states, whatever the costs.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other moderate GOP senators have also expressed concerns about the measure’s impact on coverage.
Earlier Monday afternoon, Senate Republican leaders altered their health bill to penalize people who go without health insurance by requiring them to wait six months before their coverage would begin.
The NAMD has been a longtime advocate of Medicaid reform, the statement says, and are appreciative of portions in the bill that would give directors more of a voice in the way the program is run.
However, they were hemmed in by their campaign promises to repeal Obamacare, and the public is increasingly concerned about what the replacement will look like. “Famous last words right?” I’d like to think we as a country are better than that. “We don’t have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare”.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the CBO report confirms the bill is “every bit as mean” as the House bill and would lead to higher costs and less care and kick tens of millions off insurance. The bill will fail if just three of the 52 Republican senators oppose it, an event that would deal a humiliating blow to President Donald Trump and Senate leaders. “The core of their bill is bad and covers less people and charges them more”, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.