Chuck Schumer invites GOP to open talks on health care
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 0:59
Doing it that way only requires a simple majority vote, meaning at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators would have to vote for it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the House measure would raise costs for many older and lower income people while causing 23 million people to lose insurance over a decade.
"The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote on the floor", said the Florida Republican, also speaking to CBS on Sunday.
Senate Republicans will likely miss a deadline they set to vote on health reform by the end of the month, and it's possible final passage of a healthcare bill could be delayed beyond the month-long August recess. "We think it's critical that Americans across the country understand what's at stake for them and their families if the U.S. Senate passes this bill". Many Republican senators have pushed for a more gradual phaseout in their bill, as well as preserving certain protections for preexisting conditions under the ACA not maintained in the House bill.
"Many of you have been waiting seven years to cast this vote", Ryan said to the scores of Republican House members present. But under Senate rules, the bill must save $133 billion - the exact same as the House measure - which leaves Trump and Senate Republicans with little flexibility on spending. The fact that they don't want us to know what they are up to tells us all we need to know.
Besides Bullock and Kasich, whose states Trump won in 2016, Republicans Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Charlie Baker of MA signed the letter. The House bill would phase out the money for increased Medicaid coverage by 2020.
"These reforms will immediately ensure greater accountability and transparency on how tax dollars are spent, and in the long-term they will speed up the process to integrate care and achieve better health outcomes for many of our state's most vulnerable citizens", Sen.
A television ad sponsored by the Community Catalyst Action Fund encourages viewers to call their senators to vote no on the Republican health-care bill.
It would also placate, somewhat, the numerous activists concerned that Democrats are not fighting Republicans in their attempt to take health care away from millions of people.
AARP also has expressed worries that the House health care bill will cut Medicaid funding, which provides support for the disabled and elderly, as well as the poor.
However, Sloan said much of the contrast appears due to a fairly technical issue: the two groups of experts make different assumptions about the number of people covered as a result of Obama's law.
While a core group of GOP senators is working on the bill, it appears that not all Senate Republicans even know what could be in it.