McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

Posted June 24, 2017

House GOP leaders say Trump was a big asset in getting the health care bill passed, despite a fight with the hard-right Freedom Caucus that stalled the measure.

Senate Republicans' plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act drew criticism this week from MA health care and hospital groups, who contended that the proposal unveiled Thursday would weaken the state's health care system. "It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America".

Yesterday the Republican leadership in the Senate released a draft bill to replace it, with a vote set for next week. "I think that's what he's doing he's gone through a very exhaustive process of the input, and he's come up with a blue print that can still be amended and probably will be in reconciliation", said North Carolina Republican Sen.

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says he opposes the GOP bill scuttling much of the Obama health care law, complicating the effort by party leaders to guide the measure through the Senate.

McConnell intends to put his health care bill up for a full Senate vote next week but he's facing increasing pressure from both ideological wings of his party to find the 50 votes he needs to pass the bill.

"The Senate proposal would likely trigger deep cuts to the Medicaid program that covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions such as cancer, along with the elderly and individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and support". Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.

Heller, a Republican who is up for re-election in 2018, is the Democrats' top target in the upcoming cycle.

The bill had been crafted behind closed doors by barely more than a minivan of Republican senators.

For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Trump also told told Fox that he wants House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to remain as the Democrats' leader.

"The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has always stood for affordable and accessible health care coverage for the 54 million Americans living with rheumatic disease", Lakhanpal said. It would let insurers provide fewer benefits, offer less generous subsidies than Obama to help people buy policies and end the statute's tax penalties on people who don't buy policies and on larger firms that don't offer coverage to workers.

That's the basic equation in both the House and Senate bills: Medicaid for tax cuts.

Paul also said it was not clear whether the four senators would stay united as talks continue. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Wolf called it "even crueler" than a GOP-penned bill that passed the U.S. House last month.

Of the four conservatives, Paul has always been seen as the least likely to end up voting for the bill.

"They're four good guys and they're friends of mine", the president said. Those costs are rising there and elsewhere even with the federal government paying for most of the expansion, largely because more people signed up than originally expected.

Reductions in Medicaid spending in the just-unveiled health care bill written by Pennsylvania Sen.

Beginning in 2020, it would limit the federal funds Florida and other states get for Medicaid, a program whose expansion was a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

House bill: Tax credits would be based primarily on age.

Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to criticise it in private as "mean". That's not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America's doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.

ACA: Imposed new taxes (including investment income and wages above $200,000) to help people pay for coverage.

"To single out Planned Parenthood which provides services to so many low-income women", Collins said, "is just wrong".