Wisconsin liberals, conservatives see hope in senator's health care stance

Olive Rios
June 28, 2017

The House and Senate are now scheduled to leave Washington later this week for their week-long July 4 recess, but if the Senate somehow passes its bill, the House could potentially stay on Capitol Hill past Friday to embrace the momentum.

"It's obviously not positive, " Collins told reporters soon after the CBO released its report.

"Today I don't have enough information, I don't have enough data, in terms of the impact to my state, to be able to vote in the affirmative", she told CNN. She says, I want to work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to fix the flaws in the Affordable Care Act. If a person goes uninsured for more than 63 days in the year prior, they will be subject to a 6-month "waiting period", meaning they will be locked out of insurance coverage for six months if they do not maintain continuous coverage.

Republican leaders were in a fierce push on Tuesday to shore up support for a healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said 22 million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the measure.

However, the Senate bill slashes more than $770bn from Medicaid, leaving 15 million fewer people covered, according to the CBO.

Yet Johnson, like many other congressional Republicans, was elected in 2010 on pledges to repeal Obamacare and has been making that promise ever since.

President Donald Trump is calling opposition Democrats "obstructionists" for refusing to help Republicans find a replacement for the law passed under former President Barack Obama.

The CBO says the Senate bill will increase the number of uninsured by 22 million and reduce the deficit by $321 billion.

McConnell's problems likely extend far beyond these three Senators: Only 17 Republican senators have made statements firmly supporting the bill.

Plenty of other news is vying for attention. That could be a particular concern to moderate Sen.

"Our phones are blowing up on this", Cassidy said. Lee spokesman Conn Carroll said Tuesday that the lawmaker will not vote for a crucial procedural motion allowing the Senate to begin debate on the legislation, unless it's changed.

"I'm not willing to accept that we are not going to be successful because I think the consequences are very bad", he said.

The Senate GOP bill would repeal the so-called individual mandate that requires people to buy insurance or pay a penalty.

In addition to big cuts in Medicaid, the bill would give many lower-income Americans smaller subsidies to buy less generous, higher-deductible plans from the Affordable Care Act exchanges, which provide individual insurance. Last week he called for a plan that is "more like a repeal and less like keeping Obamacare". But that's what conservatives favor as a matter of principle; they view regressive tax cuts as just letting people keep the wealth they have created, and federal safety-net-spending cuts as a curb on freeloading, moral laxity, and out-of-control government. It also violates New York's state's rights, he said, by targeting a New York-specific Medicaid provision.

The moderates are afraid how the new law would hurt their constituents back home, while the conservatives say the bill leaves too much of the Obama law intact. He's been aiming at winning Senate passage this week, before a weeklong July 4 recess that leaders worry opponents will use to weaken support for the legislation. To be approved, no more than two of the 52 GOP senators can vote against it.

"There are people from all over the state who are calling and telling me his voicemails are full, they'll call tomorrow", said Lisa Pugh, director of The Arc Wisconsin, which advocates for people with disabilities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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