The GOP's sneak attack on health care

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2017

The GOP leader is being aided and abetted by President Donald Trump's effort to pull the props out from under the ACA by creating enough uncertainty about future federal support enabling recipients to pay their premiums that insurance companies either drop coverage or announce massive premium increases.

The bill - and a revised version that passed May 4 on a narrow 217-213 vote - was crafted far away from groups representing insurers, doctors, and patients who then came out in opposition.

But Trump made clear that the Senate needs to pass a bill that Republicans are able to more easily defend and is not viewed as an attack on low-income Americans as the House bill has been portrayed by critics, Politico reported.

Trump's criticism of a bill he once praised came as Senate Republican leaders attempt to redraft it. John Thune of South Dakota, adding that Republicans can't move to other aspects of their agenda before they pass reform.

"Obamacare is one of the greatest catastrophes that our country has signed into law", Trump said in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ahead of a fundraising event.

What will the Republican legislation do? Indeed, if they don't release the bill until after the CBO's report, and hold to their plan to take a vote on the legislation before their July Fourth recess, the public will have nearly no time to absorb it, let alone convey their sentiments to their lawmakers. I have my doubts because the Republicans in Washington appear to be more interested in going along with the insurance lobby than providing quality health care that will not penalize a person based on age or pre-existing conditions. "And we can't even get a look at it", said Sen.

Sources at the meeting told Politico that Republicans "risk getting savaged in the 2018 midterms" if they failed to repeal Obamacare, after campaigning against it for seven years.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said senators are closer to bringing up a proposal, and other Republicans have predicted for some time that a bill would be ready for a vote before the August recess.

This secretive process has infuriated Democrats, who are accusing Republicans of hiding behind closed doors because the House version of healthcare legislation became so unpopular with the American public.

If the Senate's Republican leadership follows along, with a plan written in secret by a hand-picked group of men, the chamber's moderate Republicans must reject it.

Democrats have slammed the Senate Republicans' refusal to accept Democrat amendments to their newly-drafted bill and a lack of transparency as it's being drawn up. He had worse words for his predecessor's plan, calling Obamacare a "disaster" and "a broken promise". Lamar Alexander, Colorado Sen. "If they were proud of the bill, they would say, 'Let's debate it.' They're ashamed of the bill". Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME who's seen as a tough vote to get.

Because of the ACA, 22 million more Americans have health insurance.

"I think the whole point of the meeting was just the television shot of Trump surrounded by Ernst and Murkowski", the aide said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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