More Arkansans head to Washington for health care demonstrations, expect disobedience

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

The Kentucky Republican needs at least 50 of the 52 GOP senators, including him, to vote in favor of the legislation, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the decisive 51 vote in the 100-member chamber.

Johnson would not offer a prediction on whether the GOP bill would ultimately pass. There have been tweaks to the bill since then, but the CBO has not yet scored that revised bill and won't meet tomorrow's original deadline.

He knew McCain was not solidly behind the bill. It's anyone's guess whether the latest postponement will improve or diminish the chances for passage. That complicated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's task of preventing even a single additional GOP senator from rejecting the legislation, which would kill it. For Collins, who is known as a moderate on health care, the issue comes down to the deep cuts to Medicaid funding proposed in the revised draft. "I think it's something that once we agree, that we can sell to the American people as a better choice than the failures of Obamacare".

The news of the delay dominated the Sunday talk shows, which also highlighted the Trump Administration's mounting political and legal woes stemming from the widening investigations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians in trying to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The Better Care Act is the Senate Republican effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Rand Paul (R-KY) have said they will not vote to start debate on the bill.

Still more Arkansans are en route to Washington to impress on Sens.

A side-by-side comparison of the text reveals that the GOP hasn't budged an inch in its intention to cut federal subsidies of state-run Medicaid by one-third, which will severely hit the poor, single mothers with children and seniors in nursing homes.

McConnell has told these centrists that healthcare costs for lower-income Americans will be covered by three pots of money: the funds set aside for tax credits and refundable tax credits, the $132 billion long-term state innovation fund and $45 billion to treat opioid addiction.

The new version includes some cosmetic changes but is still bad, albeit in slightly different ways. Ted Cruz of Texas introduced, which would allow insurers to offer cheaper bare-bones plans that don't cover essential health benefits.

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the nation's largest industry lobbying group, teamed up with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on Friday night to urge McConnell to drop the Cruz plan., saying in a letter that "It is simply unworkable in any form".

Some insurers are anxious because of a technical change with huge practical implications: Health plans that enroll healthier customers would no longer have to cross-subsidize those with sicker patients, as is now required.

Senate budget rules are giving opponents of the rollback of the 2010 health care law an easy way to attack Republicans for hypocrisy.

They specifically want a formula for indexing Medicaid to inflation to be changed so that it is more generous to states getting federal support.

Under Obamacare, middle-class families have been allowed to enroll in Medicaid, but they too would be placed under the chopping block of the GOP plan just like low-income disabled kids.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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