GOP's challenge: finding enough votes to pass Senate health care bill

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

But that optimism runs counter to the public opposition of five Republican senators so far to the Senate GOP plan that would scuttle much of former President Barack Obama's health law. "Instead of making our health care system worse, Congress should strive to improve the system so that all Americans have the health care coverage they need". "Well, they're also four good guys, four friends of mine and I think that they'll probably get there", he said. "It's out of touch, out of line with our nation's priorities, and damaging to our families and economy".

Several other senators are on the fence, and all indications are that McConnell will try to secure their votes with individual concessions - money to combat opioid abuse to make up for cuts in Medicaid and the right for states to stop requiring coverage for substance abuse treatment, for example.

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has a challenge on unifying his party to successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"Elizabethtown Community Hospital is strongly opposed to any provision that results in people losing healthcare coverage".

In addition to avoiding huge cost increases caused by people waiting to get sick before buying insurance, the penalty was also thought to be an important part of encouraging young healthy people, who don't use many benefits, to buy into the health insurance market, helping to offset the high costs associated with consumers buying insurance with preexisting conditions.

Kellyanne Conway on Sunday asserted that the expected $830 billion in cuts from Medicaid funds aren't cuts.

Meanwhile, Trump said at a re-election rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week that he could devise the most humane and generous health care reform bill and all Democrats would still vote against it. In Illinois, which is undergoing a deep budget crisis, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has only said it has "concerns" as it reviews the plan, a response eliciting scorn from Democrats including prospective challengers next year.

"They fight each other", the United States leader continued.

Morrow explained that Medicaid now has structural problems and because it has been open-ended for years, there is fraud and abuse and gaming of the system by states.

At a press conference in Lewiston, obstetrics nurse Jaime Johnson, who practices in Norway, said she's concerned for her patients and for her 7-year-old son, who was born with congenital heart disease.

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

"I'm anxious that with such deep cuts to Medicaid, there will be unintended consequences for families like mine", she said. "They are pulling out because they are losing money".

"It really takes some big chunks out of Medicaid", Sparks said.

President Trump on Sunday morning said that he thinks the Republican senators who said they won't vote for the Obamacare repeal and replace bill will come around to it after some negotiation.

This plan is not an Obamacare repeal, it is just an Obamacare cut.

Andy Slavitt understands the inner workings of the US health care system better than most.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill's chances of passing are 50-50, insisting that Democrats would do "everything we can to fight this bill, because it's so devastating for the middle class". "Expansion of insurance coverage is irrelevant if there is no one to provide care", she wrote.

We're going to have to see what the Congressional Budget Office says about what this would do the insurance system and what it would do the federal deficit.

After a shaky start, the White House hopes the Senate debate will allow Trump to turn the page on health care and get a fresh start on rewriting the tax code, a plan to rebuild roads and bridges, and his promise to strengthen the military - none of which will prove easy to accomplish. Their mission is clear: "the GOP wants to push people off of healthcare coverage in order to give more tax breaks to the very wealthy", said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a lobby for Catholic Social Justice.

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