Trump says health care bill needs 'a little negotiation'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 18:17
The bill would end Obama's tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance - effectively ending the so-called individual mandate - and on larger companies that don't offer coverage to their workers. While the bill leaves in place subsidies to help pay for insurance, it would narrow eligibility for them to 350% of the federal poverty level instead of the current 400%.
The Reform movement called the proposed measure "deeply harmful".
During a meeting with Republican senators earlier in June, President Donald Trump reportedly called the House bill "mean". Jewish groups, including the Reform movement, the Jewish Federations of North America, and B'nai B'rith worldwide denounced that measure, while the Republican Jewish Coalition praised it.
Brewer shocked her fellow Republicans in 2013 when the key part of former President Barack Obama's health care law.
The long-awaited Senate version of the plan to repeal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was released Friday to a round of criticism and some applause. People over 59 could be paying up to 16.2% of their income. Senate leaders are aiming for a vote before July 4.
McConnell, 75, the six-term Kentucky Republican, is generally reluctant to bring a bill to the Senate floor that "he does not think can pass", The New York Times reports.
Negotiations over the much-anticipated bill were held in private, with even some Republicans like Sen.
Collins said, "I can't support a bill that is going to greatly increase premiums for our older Americans or out of pocket costs for those who aren't quite old enough for Medicare yet". The last thing I want to do is play armchair quarterback with them.
Several Republican senators have already said they oppose the bill, at least as of now. The President said that the law of the House is mean.
It's no surprise that Obama came out against the bill, which would eviscerate his signature health care legislation. Obama acknowledged the existing political divisions in the United States, but also said that he expected senators to step back, look at what's really at stake, and understand that health care must be more than undoing what Democrats have done. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income Americans and people with pre-existing conditions.