Critics of Senate health bill hope to sway GOP Sen. Cassidy

  • Critics of Senate health bill hope to sway GOP Sen. Cassidy

Critics of Senate health bill hope to sway GOP Sen. Cassidy

But repeal of the law could be possible with Republicans in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Republican leadership's plan to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Because it preserves more reasonable subsidies than the House bill and because its Medicaid drawdown happens in the distant 2020s - which is to say, perhaps never - it might not be an outright political catastrophe.

Many senators objected loudly to these changes, usually because their states were among those that expanded coverage, or because their states rely on Medicaid to finance treatment of raging opioid epidemics or both. The former insurance regulator described the situation prior to the Affordable Care Act as "a race to the bottom, with some associations offering lower cost plans that covered virtually nothing".

Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

He chided Democrats for their opposition to the Republican effort, saying, "Democrats slam GOP healthcare proposal as Obamacare premiums & deductibles increase by over 100%". They could lower what they pay healthcare providers, which is already pretty low for the Medicaid program. George Stephanopoulos asked, referring to the non-partisan office's upcoming analysis of the bill's impact and costs. They could raise taxes.

Many people will face a Hobson's choice, said Craig Garthwaite, a health economist at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Susan Collins of ME said on ABC's "This Week" when asked whether the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump could get her support by week's end.

"We're going to pay for it one way or another; there are no free lunches", she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Trump bemoaned the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, having belittled prominent Democrats himself.

At the center of the debate over the future of the $3 trillion USA health care system, which comprises approximately one-sixth of the economy, is a fundamental ideological divide that is finally facing public scrutiny.

"This #Trumpcare bill strips away protections from the ppl [sic] who need them most in order to give a tax break to those who need it least", Schumer wrote on Twitter nearly immediately after the bill was released. We should avoid repeating the mistakes of the ACA, which focused on coverage of many types of benefits, at the cost of a deductible that was unaffordable to many.

It's time to own it, Republicans: You've had seven years to come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare. To avoid that scenario, the House Republican legislation imposes a 30 percent surcharge on people who let their individual insurance lapse. It is basically Obamacare made sixty percent worse in order to fund a large tax cuts for the rich, drug companies, insurance companies, and device makers.

That has long been the underlying objective of the Party of Reagan, whose fundamental mantra has always been lower taxes and smaller government.

MARTIN: What parts and programs of the Affordable Care Act are most at stake with this new version of the Senate Republicans' bill?

"This bill is exactly the opposite of what the President said", Stabenow told WWJ.

"No committee hearings, no chance for the citizens of America to weigh in, no chance to have a public debate, no chance for amendments in committee, and just a single day on the floor of the Senate, and then it's a done deal". Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, said on NBC that "there's no way on God's Earth that this bill should be passed this week".