Senate GOP Leaders Abruptly Delay Health Care Vote
Jun 28 2017 by Larry Hoffman
SenateRepublicans can only afford to lose two GOP votes to still move the bill forward and eventually pass it - and that's banking on a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. "1 in 5 Mainers are on Medicaid". And at least three Republican senators said they would not support a motion to proceed with the bill without changes.
President Trump said that he thinks that they have "either 52 out of 52, or 50 out of 52" votes needed to pass the bill.
Hoeven said the elimination of the individual mandate largely accounts for the 15 million additional people the CBO score predicted would be uninsured next year.
The CBO report says under the bill that 22 million people fewer would have insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare - one million less than the House bill's figure - but the budget deficit would be reduced. Dean Heller, who excoriated the bill at a press conference on Friday, and Wisconsin Sen.
Collins, who also opposes proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood, said she was awaiting the CBO analysis before taking a final position. Susan Collins of ME and Sen.
"It's going to be very close, but we're working with each one of them in trying to accommodate their concerns without losing other support", said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas.
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McConnell had been pushing for a vote ahead of the July 4 recess that starts at the end of the week. Despite Republican optimism, supporters of the GOP plan face an uphill battle in the Senate.
The Kaiser Family Foundation said the Senate Republican bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would result in a 76 percent increase in monthly premiums for a silver plan in North Dakota after tax credits, compared with a 65 percent increase in Minnesota.
The budget office report said the Senate bill's coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual. "This is not the best possible bill", said Sen.
The House failed to advance a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in late March, and it was seen as a spectacular failure on the GOP's most persistent pledge to voters for the past seven years.
Claiming falsely that the ACA is in a death spiral and must be replaced, the GOP is actually using this legislation to provide a massive tax cut to their wealthy and corporate benefactors at the expense of millions of Americans. Republicans revised the bill on Monday to add a penalty aimed at preventing people from only signing up for coverage once they are sick, which most experts predict would sink the insurance market.
As The New York Times' Margot Sanger-Katz wrote: "Many middle-income Americans would be expected to pay a larger share of their income to purchase health insurance that covers a smaller share of their care". Rand Paul of Kentucky - pleaded his case directly to President Trump during a Tuesday afternoon meeting.
To succeed in gutting health coverage for millions of Americans, Senate Republican leaders need to get a series of lies accepted as truth. The CBO did not quantify the withdrawal effect of the Senate bill.