The GOP's sneak attack on health care
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 9:43
President Trump told Republican senators that the House health care bill is "mean" and that the Senate version should be "more generous," CBS News' John Nolen confirmed, citing a congressional source.
During the portion of the lunch open to reporters, Trump told the lawmakers their healthcare bill would need to be "generous" and "kind".
Senate Republicans are moving ahead with their plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act but staring down a quickly approaching target vote date, as President Donald Trump ramps up pressure to replace his predecessor's health-care law.
Meantime, Democrats are criticizing GOP senators for crafting their bill in private without public hearings. Among a variety of differences between the two Republican efforts, one is especially rankling to Democrats: the senators of the Budget Committee are cobbling together their bill in secret. In particular, Senate aides are reportedly concerned about securing the votes of Republican senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul due to concessions made so far in negotiations to moderate Republicans.
Then there is the fact that it remain decidedly unclear whether 50 Republican Senate votes exist for any sort of compromise health care legislation. But it also includes more moderate members who are anxious about a bill that would result in larger numbers of uninsured people, higher premiums for older people and rural residents, and defunding of Planned Parenthood.
"The bill is mean", Schumer said. "The president's right".
Key House and Senate health bill overlaps include, but are not limited to, the Medicaid expansion phase out plan and consumer protections approach. That measure, the American Health Care Act, would among other things replace Obamacare's subsidies with a system of tax credits and cut about $1 trillion in taxes over 10 years - including a 3.8% investment tax on wealthy Americans. Overall, the bill is expected to be left of the legislation the House passed last month.
But if Republicans had their way, the regular American and their Democratic elected officials wouldn't know the CBO score either.
The failure led to a new version of the bill allowing states to opt out of several of its provisions, and allow higher premiums for some patients.
"We are going to come out with a real bill, not Obamacare", Trump said, according to CNN. Considering the bill could potentially leave millions of Americans suddenly without health insurance, this is an extremely morally dubious move by the GOP.
The president's criticism also came as Senate Republican leaders' attempts to write their own health care package have been slowed by disagreements between their party's conservatives and moderates.
Additionally, according to Senate rules, the bill passed through the body has to save $133 billion, the same amount of money as the House bill.
"This is incredibly complex and from my standpoint, I need a whole lot more information before I agree to vote yes on a bill", Johnson said in a statement.