The "Skinny" Repeal Republicans Hope to Pass Would Leave Huge Numbers Uninsured
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 28, 2017,
Jul 28, 2017, 11:18
A week earlier he argued for bipartisanship and a desire for the entire Senate to come together and create a health care bill that would truly benefit the American people.
But first, senators need to pass some sort of health-care measure in the Senate.
But even that narrow bill could have a dramatic effect on the nation's health care system.
They also said that the bill would not work on its own if signed into law.
"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast". Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
"All of this right now is procedural setup to get to an end that none of us are certain what it's going to look like", said Sen.
"There's no promise of a clean repeal vote", Paul said on "FOX & Friends".
As the Senate debated on 27 July 2017 about passing a potential partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (known colloquially as either the ACA or Obamacare), the House of Representatives enacted a rule known as "martial law" which would allow them to vote on it without notice if the Senate passes it.
Yet the outcome was hardly a shock in a Senate that's already shown that unity is elusive when it comes to dealing with Obamacare. The legislation also would have immediately repealed the individual mandate while continuing the Obamacare requirement that insurers offer coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. Yeah. But that's not the goal.
Ordinarily, when two similar but different bills are passed in the House and Senate, the two versions are sent to a conference committee to reach a compromise agreement.
GOP Sen. David Perdue conceded the "skinny repeal" bill would make it hard for people to afford insurance, but that he would vote for it - if he knew the bill could be improved during conference.
The ACA allows them to charge three times more.
The Republicans planned a bit of political gamesmanship that appeared meant to embarrass liberal Democrats who have long advocated a so-called single-payer government-run healthcare system.
The abortion regulations and the repeal bill itself are both expected to fail.
Mr McCain appealed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to start over by having a Senate committee, in a bipartisan way, craft new healthcare legislation.
McConnell told Capito, Portman and other holdouts they will have an opportunity to offer amendments on Medicaid and other issues during the Senate debate.
"What is the bill that we are considering?" he asked. McConnell brought forward because that bill was defeated. But they were packed into a set of broader measures for repealing and replacing Obamacare - and got defeated before the night ended Tuesday.
One particularly striking part of McConnell's and his lieutenants' strategy is that GOP leadership began openly telling its members that the "skinny" repeal would never become the law of the land.
Some Senate Republicans appeared distraught over the hectic schedule since the debates began.
"My vote yesterday was from my heart for the people that I represent", Murkowski told CNN's Elizabeth Landers.
According to the calculations of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the "skinny bill" would leave about 16 million people without any healthcare. He said he did not believe his constituents would like the idea of "canceling insurance" for millions of Americans and then "trusting Congress to find a replacement in two years". The others were Collins, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Dean Heller of Nevada, John McCain of Arizona, Rob Portman of OH and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.