GOP may keep ObamaCare taxes to delay cuts for the poor

Trump will hold talks at the White House at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) with leaders including House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Cornyn.

Senate Republicans have been negotiating their version of the health care bill in secret - freezing out Democrats and even many House members from any details. Sen.

"Despite clear evidence that the AHCA would be devastating to IL, you have yet to forcibly denounce this legislation, answer questions regarding how it would impact IL at the state level, or provide recommendations on policies you either support or oppose to improve care for residents of our state", they wrote.

The House bill would help some people - the wealthiest Americans who would benefit from a massive tax cut, said Maine's other senator, independent Angus King, in a floor speech Wednesday.

Montana Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, among the letter's signers, questioned Trump's position in light of his conflicting statements.

The sources say the president did not specify what aspects of the bill he was characterizing.

The LA Times reported, "This week, a group of more than 15 patients groups - including the American Heart Assn., the March of Dimes, the American Lung Assn. and the American Diabetes Assn. - asked McConnell's office to meet with them next week, proposing anytime between Friday and June 22".

Of course, no one outside the Senate working group can say with certainty how "mean" the legislation is because no one knows for sure what's in the bill.

There are indications the Senate version will be slightly less devastating to Americans than the deeply unpopular bill the House approved May 4.

"I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in it's birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and to bid defiance to the laws of their country", Thomas Jefferson said.

The details of the Republican-backed bill is still a mystery; and, many Medicaid patients are anxious that the bill will slash state funding by millions of dollars. Democrats John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania added their names. The House bill would phase out the money for increased Medicaid coverage by 2020.

AARP also has expressed worries that the House health care bill will cut Medicaid funding, which provides support for the disabled and elderly, as well as the poor.

A television ad sponsored by the Community Catalyst Action Fund encourages viewers to call their senators to vote no on the Republican health-care bill.

The Senate voted 19-8 to adopt the budget.

"Again, I think what we need to be talking about, in terms of the health system, is the constellation". It suggests no specific policy proposals. Others include providing more assistance to lower-income enrollees, continuing Obamacare's protections for those with pre-existing conditions and ending Medicaid expansion for low-income adults more gradually.

Left-leaning interest groups and critics of the House-passed health care bill (HR 1628) are pressuring Democrats to be bolder in their opposition to the measure.

  • Larry Hoffman