US Senate Republicans unveil latest healthcare reform Bill, but fate uncertain
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 14:19
Overall, 39% of low-income American women of reproductive age (15 to 49) are covered by the program, or about 9.8 million women.
Once the score is released, the Senate parliamentarian will begin working with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, to determine whether the legislation complies with the rules of reconciliation, which would allow it to pass with a simple majority and avoid the filibuster.
McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor.
Second, how do they think it will play out politically when the blame for the exchanges' implosion shifts from the Democrats to the Republicans?
Republican leaders are pushing to hold a vote on the legislation before lawmakers leave for the July 4 recess. What we do know is that, in Louisiana, the bill would kill the expansion of Medicaid that has brought health care to more than 425,000 residents-with 51,000 of those people living right here in New Orleans.
"It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America", he wrote.
"The way this bill cuts health care is heartless". It would let insurers provide fewer benefits, offer less generous subsidies than Obama to help people buy policies and end the statute's tax penalties on people who don't buy policies and on larger firms that don't offer coverage to workers.
Joe Hanel with the Colorado Health Institute explained how the bill would hit Coloradans. Within hours of the proposal's unveiling, several Republicans signaled misgivings. "I would prefer to address health care reform in a bipartisan manner, but Democrats are unwilling to work with President Trump and congressional Republicans to fix the mess they created".
Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said they can't vote for the bill because it doesn't completely dismantle Obamacare and put things back the way they were before that abomination became law. According to a GOP Senate aide, Trump said the House health care bill was "mean".
The House's version of the bill, which passed that chamber in May, is a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. "At first glance, I have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid".