Four GOP senators came out against the bill. “We have a very narrow majority”. It can’t pass if more than two vote against it. McConnell promised to revisit the legislation after Congress’ July 4 recess.
The 22 million extra uninsured Americans are just 1 million fewer than the number the budget office estimated would become uninsured under the House version. A press release announcing the protest notes that the event takes place on the 18th anniversary of Olmstead v. LC, a landmark civil rights ruling which recognized a right for disabled individuals to live in communities over institutions.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week.
“If anyone can get this done, it’s him”, South Dakota Sen. And at least a half-dozen Republicans – both conservatives and moderates – have complained about it.
Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law’s expansion of coverage. Cruz, for example, could face a primary challenge and would be well served to stay in the good graces of McConnell. “My constituents in Wisconsin have to review the bill, they’ve got to provide that kind of input, I’ve got to talk to the governor, to our state legislators, to doctors, to nurses, to state health care providers, to hospitals, and we actually have to get the information that we don’t have yet”.
Also aiding McConnell is the fact that Republicans have campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for more than seven years.
Not to mention senators may have to face the ire of President Donald Trump if they vote against the bill. “What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?”
Senate Republicans introduced their health care plan Thursday. Another lawyer told CNN Money that the contract is “clearly. one-sided”.
The House went through its own struggles with its version of the bill, pulling it from the floor short of votes before reviving it and narrowly passing it in May. “And well, we’re feeling those growing pains today”.