Fractured Republicans get options on healthcare - Source Thehill
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 0:17
Now, some Republicans are calling for a short-term solution to stabilize the markets.
Democrats have pointed to that strategy as irrefutable proof that Republicans have no interest in reaching across the aisle on health care. "It's important for members of the Senate, and the House, to see how deeply this affects people".
It's also unclear when Senate Republicans will introduce legislative text, which reveals the devil in the details and will likely only spark more controversy and dissent. He praised the House bill as a good first step.
By keeping the community rating protection, Senate Republicans may be trying to dampen some of that anger, but the move could make their internal fight for 51 votes even harder. But the measure would not allow states to waive rules preventing people with pre-existing conditions from being charged more, a departure from the House-passed bill.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who has been vocal about protecting people with pre-existing health conditions, offered support for the bill.
The House GOP offer would remove dollars the Senate proposed to spend on health services, public colleges, state prisons, state police and the child welfare agency in the 2017-18 budget year.
Senate Republicans say they're not sure they can pass an Obamacare repeal bill this year, they have yet to decide what exactly will go into their legislation, and some have even suggested that the Senate should vote on a health care bill as quickly as possible - even if it fails.
If the Senate manages to pass a health care reform bill of its own, that may put enormous pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and conservative forces in the House to consider rallying behind the Senate version for the sake of fulfilling their long-standing campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.
HouseConfProposal.pdf Earlier in the session, the House passed what it calls a "standstill" budget that spends just over 98 percent of what the state Revenue Estimating Conference predicts the state will take in. "It's a very complex system".
House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) pointed out that when former Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) drafted his tax reform plan in 2014, lowering the corporate tax rate 10 percentage points required losing tax breaks that companies valued more than the lower rate. McConnell told Reuters late last month he did not yet know how to amass the votes needed to pass a bill on healthcare. The House Freedom Caucus was adamant that an Obamacare replacement had to give insurers that flexibility. He sees this as a new entitlement program that is outside of the role of the federal government.
But those cuts - decried by major physician and patient groups - have made a number of key Republican senators uncomfortable, including lawmakers from states that have expanded Medicaid, such as Nevada, Arizona, West Virginia and Ohio.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Republicans have expressed differences on the Medicaid portion of the bill.
While Republicans debate, an increasing number of insurers have been pulling out of the market place, including in OH today.
The legislative uncertainty and the Trump administration's refusal, thus far, to reimburse Obamacare insurers for $9 billion in cost-sharing subsidies to low-income plan members has contributed to a destabilized individual insurance market.
"The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land", Pelosi said on CNN.
While Republican Senate leaders tried to publicly project optimism, they repeatedly ducked when pressed about a possible timeline and refused to discuss any specifics of the bill they're drafting behind closed doors.