Finding Votes For Senate Health Care Bill — McConnell's Focus

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

Collins and Portman have both said they want to review the analysis of the bill from the Congressional Budget Office before making up their minds. It also would provide more generous tax subsidies than the House bill to help low-income people buy private insurance. "That means the money available under this bill, for Medicaid in the out years, beyond 10 years, is even leaner, is even less, is even a deeper cut than what's in the House bill". We reached her in Aspen, Colo., where she's attending a conference. "So don't think you're in the clear because we're talking a lot about Medicaid".

One of the most controversial aspects of the senate bill is its treatment of Medicaid.

ROVNER: It differs in some significant ways.

The legislation also would eliminate the caps on contributions to tax-deductible flexible spending accounts.

Another thing the Senate credits do is that they go down to more poor people, but the credits themselves will be smaller. And if they alter the bill to appeal to conservatives, the moderates could bail. "As taxes, premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket, choices and access to care have dwindled".

Others noted that his position likely has less to do with taking a firm moral stance and more with his increasingly fragile prospects for retaining his seat in 2018.

The holdouts are expressing willingness to negotiate, but many of them are pushing revisions that could risk alienating moderate Republicans in the process.

Giaimo said the problem with that type of policy is younger, healthier adults would buy those relatively cheap plans, putting less money in the overall insurance pool. Most people who use Medicaid are pretty thrilled with it because, in a shocking turn of events, people really enjoy having affordable effective health insurance. Trump has been threatening to discontinue those payments, and some insurance companies have cited uncertainty as a reason they are abandoning some markets and boosting premiums.

We have a few perspectives on this bill today, starting with Steve Jennings. Those are exactly the people the Republicans have been complaining about. Maria Cantwell at Virginia Mason Medical Center Friday to blast the newly unveiled Senate Republican health-care bill's proposed cuts to Medicaid coverage. Fortunately, buried in the House bill was a way out of the morass. "Well, who is even going to pay for that?"

About 20 percent of all Americans and 40 percent of America's kids get their health care through the federal government's Medicaid program.

Johnson said Friday he has not decided where he stands on the bill. There is uncertainty over whether abortion-related provisions will meet Senate rules, but those provisions could be included in another Senate bill. It also makes it easier to reform the Medicaid program.

MARTIN: How would this work at the state level?

ROVNER: Exactly. States would have, you know, a number of choices, none of them would be very pleasant.

Senator Bill Cassidy, who is still studying the proposal and has not yet decided how he will vote, said in several television interviews it was a good beginning. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning a vote next week.

And Republicans have a narrower margin in the Senate, needing at least 50 of the 52 GOP members to pass their bill. Now, this is a discussion draft. And the changes that have been made? Oof. I have no idea what's going to happen. Americans deserve better than this highly partisan, secretive bill. "To make it better for Nevadans".

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