GOP Senators Now Oppose Health Bill - Enough To Sink It
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 20:38
On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was "very supportive of the current bill", referring to the Senate Republicans' bill, and that "he's committed to making sure that no one who now is in the Medicaid program is affected in any way, which is reflected in the Senate bill and he's pleased with that".
Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Bob Casey (D) will help determine the draft bill's fate in the GOP-ruled Senate. It is simply not the answer.
"Someone has to pay for these people one way or another", she said, "So, it has to be done, I think, in a fairer way than what Republicans are proposing, one that doesn't just shift the burden to states or the people who need the health care the most". Revealed on Thursday, the bill remains deeply unpopular, and with the vote looming on the horizon, prominent Democrats and progressives are speaking out - including the party's 2016 presidential nominee.
Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid. Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to say he would not support the measure in its current form.
Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.
This story will be updated. US Capitol Police said 43 protesters were arrested and charged with obstruction. States could choose to have their federal Medicaid funding capped on either a per capita basis or through block grants. The Senate will debate for a day or two; pass a few minor amendments; and then pass the bill.
Trump, in a pretaped interview with "Fox & Friends", said it would be "so easy" to pass a new health care bill to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, if there were more bipartisanship among lawmakers. Most people who use Medicaid are pretty thrilled with it because, in a shocking turn of events, people really enjoy having affordable effective health insurance.
The Senate and House bills would eliminate this so-called net investment income tax and make the repeal retroactive to January 1, 2017.
"The president said the House bill was mean", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill. States would once again be able to say, well, we're not going to require our health insurers to cover maternity coverage or mental health coverage or substance abuse, which is obviously very important in the context of the opioid epidemic.
Johnson says he's made his views clear to the party leadership and the White House.
The GOP-controlled Senate bill introduced Thursday would phase out federal money to states which opted to expand the low-income health insurance program.