All Senate Democrats are expected this week to oppose Republican legislation that would dismantle and replace much of the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unveiled the legislation that would reshape a big piece of the USA health-care system on Thursday, June 22.
The provision is aimed at helping insurance companies and the insurance market by discouraging healthy people from waiting to buy a policy until they get sick. Insurers need healthy customers who are cheap to cover to help pay the costs of people with medical conditions that are costly to treat.
Republicans in the Senate are wavering, swaying, teetering, threatening to send the GOP health-care bill to its doom.
But premiums for those buying insurance on the individual market under Obamacare, as opposed to those getting their insurance through their employer, have risen sharply and many Americans were not able to keep their same doctors or insurance plan as Obama had promised.
Ahoy! Here’s what has happened with the Senate’s health care/tax cut bill since it was made public last week. Debate should begin as early as Tuesday. Over the weekend, he acknowledged he once called the initial Republican bill, which originated in the House, “mean” in a private meeting, but also urged senators on Twitter to pass it.
McConnell wanted to have the bill voted on before the Fourth of July recess, meaning the Senate has only around one week to consider a bill that many saw for the first time on Thursday.
Democrats don’t have a lot of other options as far as #resisting the bill goes, since Republicans plan on passing it through the 50-vote budget reconciliation process. Look no further than how laser eye surgery went from exotic to affordable during the years it was not covered by most insurance. Johnson called leadership’s effort “a little offensive” and said conservatives had no input into the package. McConnell was a leader in drafting the legislation, which took place behind closed doors.
But even if it does assuage their fears, the health bill will also have to win over conservatives-including a surprising new skeptic in Wisconsin’s Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces perhaps the toughest 2018 re-election race of any Senate Republican.
Other senators haven’t come out against it directly, but appear tired, like Sen.
Medicaid is by far the largest program of federal grants to the states, and state officials are always trying to tweak the formula for distributing that money to their advantage. Ron Johnson, an ardent Obamacare critic, who said he finds it hard to see how he can vote yes on the bill by this week. It will pass, President Trump will sign it, and the results for Americans’ health care and economic security will be catastrophic.
A telltale: One of the main Republican complaints about Obamacare has been that the deductibles and co-pays under ACA policies are too high.
Senate Republicans skeptical about a GOP health overhaul bill are expressing some doubt about holding a vote this week as they await a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
“It’s not going to get any easier”, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters on the sidelines of a three-day seminar organized by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch in Colorado Springs.
The legislation would phase out extra federal money that more than 30 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs. They fight each other.
Those two – plus fellow conservatives Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas – have said the current measure doesn’t do enough to erase Obama’s law and reduce premiums.
House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi told CBS This Morning on Monday: “We do know that many more people – millions, hundreds of thousands – of people will die if this bill passes”.
Trump was interviewed by “Fox & Friends”, while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC’s “This Week”.