Letter to the editor: Health bill fairness
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 18:15
Fast forward to June 2017, with a group of male senators working quickly in secret to formulate ACA repeal. What if they bring out a similar bill or something even worse, but the American people will not have a way of knowing because the Senate is actively concealing it.
While he faces an uphill battle to unite various factions of his own party, one need only consider the last-minute negotiations that salvaged the American Health Care Act in the House to realize that anything is possible.
Republicans have said the House bill is aimed at lowering premiums and expanding consumers' insurance choices while getting rid of the mandates in "Obamacare" that require people to buy coverage.
"Only Trump would say, "We don't have to say it's unbelievable", and then immediately say it's unbelievable", Noah joked.
"Our members and other Americans over age 50 are very anxious about legislation that would raise their premiums through what is, in effect, an age tax, weaken Medicare, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and make changes to Medicaid that would put some of our most vulnerable citizens at risk", said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. "They're obsessed with pleasing a part of their political base who wants the trophy of repeal and they don't care who gets hurt in the process".
In the summer of 2009, when Democratic members of Congress were defending their effort to remake the nation's health care system, they were taunted by crowds chanting, "Read the bill, read the bill".
"We're asking for this meeting because the Republicans have refused to make their bill public or hold hearings on it".
The change allows NY counties to send their Medicaid bills to the state. Last week, Sen. Mitch McConnell changed the rules, which bypasses a committee and sends the bill straight to the floor. Clearly, the White House doesn't give any more of a shit about how it's all supposed to work than McConnell and his Republicans pals do. "I don't know", Murkowski told Vox's Dylan Scott. The Congressional Budget Office predicted it would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured over a decade compared to current law, and could strip away addiction treatment programs. President Trump started a public fight against the House Freedom Caucus, and sided with House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI) to push a bill that essentially re-branded Obamacare.
"I've said from Day 1, and I'll say it again", said Sen. When asked if the Senate bill will have a lower per-capita cap growth rate than the House bill, at first he said he didn't know.