Health bill test of McConnell's leadership skills
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 11:53
The crowd was protesting the health care bill that Senate Republicans had written in secret at McConnell's direction. After the House passed the measure, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would result in 23 million fewer people with health-care coverage by 2026.
The people protesting that outcome were physically removed from the area, and footage of the protests and their aftermath shows Capitol Police removing one woman from her wheelchair as they took her away. "It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America".
Not to mention senators may have to face the ire of President Donald Trump if they vote against the bill. He explains, "We're protesting the American Health Care act cutting hundreds of billions out of Medicaid to gives tax breaks to the wealthiest".
"I'm pleased that we were able to arrive at a draft that incorporates input from so many different Members, who represent so many different constituents, who are facing so many different challenges", McConnell said while presenting the bill on the Senate floor on Thursday.
The protest comes after Republicans released a draft of their healthcare plan on Capitol Hill Thursday.
He outlined the GOP plan that would cut Medicaid, slash taxes and waive the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance. Several onlookers also reported seeing blood on the floor as activists were hauled away by police. "We're bigger than NY with more people on Medicaid and they get $23 billion from the fed government", said Scott, a former health care executive. "A lot of Medicaid recipients will lose health insurance that they have gained, as the Medicaid program cuts through state block grants worsen over time and the dollars for supporting Medicaid expansion disappear".
McConnell's dilemma is similar to what House Speaker Paul Ryan faced earlier this year when he struggled to get enough votes to get the House Republican bill through the lower chamber.