Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 9:19
Republicans say they're not giving up on their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare despite their failure in the House last week to secure enough votes for legislation that would have done just that.
The bill created a noticeable divide in the Republican Party; it did not garner the votes of conservatives who wanted to see more components of Obamacare erased. They described the discussions on condition of anonymity. Democrats ought to allow Republicans to call a new bill whatever they want.
After the bill collapsed on Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump accused the Democrats of obstruction, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer accused the president of incompetence, Speaker Paul Ryan said health care was done, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi bragged that it was a great day.
Many red or purple states, such as Kansas and North Carolina, have expressed recent interest in expanding Medicaid to low-income adults.
Asked if the GOP health bill will come up again, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, "Yes". Shouldn't we be celebrating the advancement of these three provisions and the implied agreement they represent?
But McCarthy said nothing is now scheduled and didn't indicate how leadership would resolve divisions between the Freedom Caucus and moderates in the so-called Tuesday Group.
Reports indicated that the White House was also involved in the negotiations.
"This fight has done something transformational", she said. "But he doesn't want to constrain himself to artificial deadlines like 'before recess'".
Following their meeting, some Republicans were still resentful of factions in their party that prevented approval of the GOP health care plan. Also because of the ACA, 15 million Black people with private insurance have access to flu shots, mammograms and cervical cancer screenings with a zero-dollar copay or deductible.
Club member Frank Miller said repealing Obamacare would be devastating to the country with millions of Americans losing health care coverage if the Republican-led health care bill was passed.
"I haven't heard anything as to what leadership is doing", said Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina.
In the world in which we actually live, issues and interests are readily configured as weapons that serve the goals of competing parties.
Americans spend $3.3 trillion a year on health care, which is approximately two times higher per capita than in other developed nations.
But did we really need a lot of fancy statistics to figure this out?
"I don't think the war is over", said Mollineau.
"If both the Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group can agree on some things, then we're in good shape", he said. Republican Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia said his administration is reviewing its Medicaid program, looking for new "possibilities". "Emergency care, maternity services, prenatal services, doctor visits, wellness visits, mental health services, and in the middle of an opioid epidemic, drug substance abuse services and rehab services, physical therapy services, pediatric care, oral and vision care, and that is just a partial list of what was taken out". Even so, it would mark quite a turnaround for a measure that had been declared dead.
There are signs Mr. Trump may not be quite ready to move on, either.
"We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future", Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters. When the ACA originally passed, it involved Republican ideas from MA and Democratic compromises, resulting in health-care reform that attempted to bring down medical costs for all and improve coverage for many; and was also acknowledged as imperfect.