Parsing through the details of the GOP's health care bill
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 21:03
U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to win passage, but signalled a willingness to work with them to make changes. If they pass their bill, instead of celebrating, they should slink out of town for the Independence Day recess deeply ashamed.
"There is no excuse for any Republican or Democrat to oppose the Senate health care bill outright", group President Brian Walsh said Friday. The new law would slash government support for Medicaid, which provides healthcare for poor Americans, and eliminate Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy and insurance companies. "Look forward to making it really special!" he wrote on Twitter.
The bill aims to deliver on a strong tenet of Trump's campaign to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Healthcare Act that expanded coverage to millions of Americans, but since the four lawmakers' refusal to support the draft, it leaves Republicans short of the votes to pass it. McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation. Further complicating the issue for him is Nevada's Republican Governor, Brian Sandoval, an outspoken supporter of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. After a bit of time, they decided it sounded better to say that they'd repeal and replace Obamacare.
"The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime", he said. Many Republicans oppose the group because it provides abortions, the AP said. But whichever direction they move the bill, they're likely to lose votes at the other side.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, citing the proposed Medicaid cuts, said the bill would hurt children.
"What I've told leadership very clearly is I'm going to need time and my constituents are going to need time to evaluate exactly how this is going to affect them", Johnson said. A version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, passed through the House of Representatives in May. In fact, a outcome of the House-passed bill could mean some people losing private-paid insurance. That chamber, too, faced opposition from both conservative and moderate pockets.
The reforms are unlikely to drive down out-of-pocket spending, another perennial complaint of the bill's authors, and a central critique by President Trump of the current system.
ACA: Young adults could stay on parents' health plan until age 26.
Democrats immediately attacked the legislation as a callous giveaway to the rich that would leave millions without coverage.
"Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm", he added.