In defense of his plan to keep his bill secret, and rush it into law with minimal public scrutiny, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claims the debate has really been going on for seven years anyway.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for an all-Senate meeting in the Capitol’s Old Senate Chamber to discuss the details of the bill.
“It is deeply disturbing”, Erika Sward, assistant vice president of the American Lung Association, told the Associated Press. That was an extraordinary slap at legislation that Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, guided through the House and that Trump himself had championed and praised at a Rose Garden ceremony.
As I have written for weeks, the clock is ticking on the GOP – the Senate is scheduled to work the next two weeks, then take a week off for July Fourth – Senators would then work three more weeks, and then be off from the end of July until after Labor Day.
So it’s anybody’s guess whether he’ll applaud a Senate bill that’s every bit as miserly as the House bill, or if he really means what he said Wednesday. “It’s a huge transfer of wealth – probably one of the greatest in a short time in recent American history – where you have millions of people across the country who have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and are protected under Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, and you’re taking that away”, King said.
President Trump has described a health care plan draft that the Republicans have been working on as “cold-hearted” and “mean”.
“We really have been working on our own thoughts and ideas in the senate, in our informal work group”, Ernst said. Republican leadership have said they will vote on the bill once they are sure they have the 50 votes they need.
Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate seem intent on passing a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without holding a single hearing and even keeping many Republicans out of the loop.
According to an estimate, higher premiums and cuts to Medicaid expansion would have left 24 million more people uninsured than Obamacare in 2026. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the subcommittee’s chairman, said he “wouldn’t intend to be part of writing a bill this year that reduces funding for the National Institutes of Health”, which faces big cuts. But to get Heller’s vote on the rate of growth, bill drafters could easily lose other Republicans, and not just those considered most conservative in the caucus. Sen. There have been zero public hearings, no policy proposals released for industry experts to weigh in on, nothing to generate headlines that would cause Americans to even realize this is going on, which is exactly what McConnell wants.
More than 2.5 million people in the seven states were enrolled in Medicaid under the expanded access allowed by the 2010 law as of a year ago, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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