Trump applauds Republican senators for latest ObamaCare repeal effort

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

In one Senate committee, a bipartisan effort was under way on Tuesday to fix Obamacare without repealing it, led by the Republican health committee chairman, Lamar Alexander, and the panel's top Democrat, Patty Murray.

Sanders' proposal is to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.

Despite badgering by President Donald Trump that he keep trying, McConnell has expressed no interest in staging yet another vote that produces an embarrassing rejection by the GOP-controlled Senate.

The idea of a single-payer health care system was once thought to be well outside the mainstream ideological bend of the Democratic Party. "The heart and soul of what we're doing here was in Cassidy-Collins".

But while maintaining the ACA's taxes, it would repeal numerous law's features disliked by Republicans, including the requirements that most Americans carry insurance and that large employers offer health coverage. It would be phased in over four years, and people and businesses would no longer owe premiums to insurers. "Let's work together to make health care truly affordable for the American people", he said.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) departs after a classified briefing on the airstrikes launched against the Syrian military, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2017.

Dont support Sanders plan and Democrats risk alienating the partys liberal, activist voters, volunteers and contributors. But many Democrats worry Republicans will accuse them of wanting a huge tax increase to pay for it. ACP also sent a separate letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, urging the Senate to set the Graham-Cassidy bill aside and instead advance bipartisan improvements to current law through a more deliberative process of regular order that allows for hearings, amendments, independent expert review, and input by those directly affected. Chris Murphy of CT and Ohios Sherrod Brown.

The company said on Tuesday it was still working with some state regulators on its market participation for next year. But even in the Senate, the outcome is far from guaranteed. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican and a doctor, the bill would cut Medicaid spending, redirect federal health care dollars to states and eliminate Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires nearly everyone to buy an insurance policy or pay a fine.

Theyve struggled for weeks to round up sufficient support for the package. States would decide whether to preserve, or begin, the expansion of Medicaid.

No. 3 Senate GOP leader John Thune of South Dakota said Graham and Cassidy would need “a double-double bank shot” to prevail, a joking reference to an impossible basketball shot.

Repeal hopes have been mostly dead in Congress since a crucial vote failed in the Senate in late July.

A third effort, a bipartisan attempt to shore up individual insurance markets around the country, is showing early signs that the sides are having problems reaching agreement.

The proposal, which Dean Heller and Ron Johnson also sponsored, comes months after Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare sputtered out in July, and weeks before the September 30 deadline to pass a health-care bill with 50 votes through the budget reconciliation process.

But the plan, unveiled Wednesday by a group of Republican senators, faces long odds for passage and a tight-deadline.

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