Republicans taking large risk by gambling with health care
The first-term senator from Texas is seeking to unite warring wings of the Republican Party around an effort to kill Obamacare and is showing a new willingness to compromise with colleagues to devise a replacement plan. Reports earlier this spring from analysts who follow the company said it was “leaning towards exiting”.
Senate sources tell FOX Business that aides to McConnell and other key members of the group plan on completing their draft legislation by Monday night. While the majority of GOP lawmakers have long championed getting rid of Obamacare, there are deep divisions among Republicans about what should replace it.
Senate Republicans hoping to get the bulk of an Obamacare repeal bill done within the next few days keep finding a new problem for every old one they get closer to resolving.
They can officially start working on the bill now that House leaders have finally sent it to the upper chamber. As The Nation’s Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel recently argued in her column for the Washington Post, as the nation turns its attention to health care, “Democrats would be wise to seize the moment, go on the offensive and rally around a bold alternative to the Republican Party’s backward vision”. Just as in the House, we’re on track to have a vote with no hearings (there were more than 100 for the ACA).
And looming over it all, lawmakers are still struggling to bridge the deep divide over the future of Medicaid.
Under the Trump administration, it has become increasingly hard for health plans to make the decision to participate on a marketplace that the president says is “exploding”.
In other words, it’s very possible that whatever the Senate passes, if it passes anything at all, will be the final bill that gets to President Donald Trump’s desk.
The lack of transparency surrounding the process to craft a health care bill prompted Sen.
“I’m not convinced it’s an accurate characterization at this point”, Toomey said.
It’s not stopping them.
Healthcare continues to be a controversial issue in American politics, and now legislators are at odds about the potential impact of the American Health Care Act.
Pressed on whether he would be comfortable keeping some of the Obamacare taxes in place, Scott said, “I’m not sure that I’m comfortable. This was the central promise Republicans have made for seven years“, he said.
“We’re writing a Senate bill and not passing the House bill”, stated Tennessee Sen.
Previous research has revealed that the premium increases experienced by individuals with coverage gaps and pre-existing conditions are likely to price many policyholders out of the insurance market.
While Trumpcare is likely to be revised in the Senate, the provision allowing states to apply for waivers from Obamacare’s community ratings mandate was instrumental to the law’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives, and influential outside groups have referred to community ratings as one of Obamacare’s “most harmful” provisions.
“The information we’ve seen coming from the administration actually creates more uncertainty rather than creating greater certainty”, says Brad Wilson, chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina. Both of you had amendments that were put into that bill as did other members of this committee.
If the bill were any good and could pass on its own merits, Republicans wouldn’t need to hide it.
The AHCA is about shrinking government in order to cut taxes for the wealthy.
Trump, along with GOP House leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan, held a celebration after the vote for a bill that the Congressional Budget Office found would leave some 24 million people uninsured. In response to the overwhelming public opposition to the bill and the surging support for the ACA, Sen.
Cruz is in a vastly different place than he was a year ago. Tim Scott, a Republican from SC. Legislative wins might help, too.
One of the state’s top pediatricians is raising concerns about the effects that health care reform could have on children.