Another GOP Senator Says He Won't Back Health Bill

"The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is nothing more than a warmed-over version of the House bill, which would cause great harm to the health and economic security of hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans".

At least two GOP senators said Sunday that goal may prove too ambitious.

"The Senate discussion draft includes these pro-life priorities, but we remain very concerned that either of these priorities could be removed from the bill for procedural or political reasons", they added. And so McConnell and his allies have written the Senate bill in a way that's created to obscure some of its harshest effects and give skittish members plausible-sounding reasons to vote yes.

The upshot of introducing this slower growth rate five years after the cap system is first introduced is that 2025 is at the end of the budget window that the Congressional Budget Office will be analyzing in its coming score of the bill. Ted Cruz is signaling opposition.

With Republicans in the Senate holding only a 52-48 seat edge, they can afford only two defections to get to a 50-50 tie, allowing Vice President Pence to then presumably break any logjam.

McConnell chose to keep the bill close, writing it in secret with a close circle of aides and eschewing committee hearings, despite grumbling from fellow Republicans.

The White House, meanwhile, expressed optimism that a compromise could still be reached, with Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying that the administration would "work with" GOP senators opposed to the bill and that Trump had already started calling detractors. Yes, but there are myiad other flaws in the measure they ignore.

It's possible that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies have deluded themselves into thinking this won't happen. Both the Senate and House bills could weaken such control by the federal government. But that's actually the wrong comparison.

Price repeatedly railed against Obamacare, and at one point in the interview cited the 28 million uninsured people under the existing law as problematic. But it would still force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage.

Changes to Medicaid could cut vital coverage for low-income families; conscience protections for everyone in the health care system are lacking; and access for immigrants to health care would not be furthered, he said, which the bishops pointed out as one of the problems in the Affordable Care Act when it was passed in 2010. It would just do it more slowly.

The way that Medicaid is restructured under the Senate and House bill, states will likely not be able to front the Medicaid costs, and the program will likely shrink due to inadequate funds. Medicaid, she said, pays for a substantial number of Texas babies born every year as well. That would leave the insurance pool comprised nearly exclusively of sick patients who knew that their medical expenses would exceed whatever they would pay out of pocket in premiums or deductibles. "Very few people knew", he told Hegseth. We sure hope he changes his mind as he learns more about the bill.

It also eliminates penalties for larger companies if they don't provide affordable insurance to their employees. In a decade leading Senate Republicans, McConnell has displayed his legislative skills time and again. The Senate measure has not yet been scored - that analysis is expected next week - but its cuts to Medicaid are steeper. This cut is simply foolish.

The significance of the Senate bill's changes to the private insurance market are similarly easy to miss, particularly when it comes to the financial assistance available to people buying coverage on their own.

Obamacare's scheme of income-based tax credits subsidizing the purchase of insurance would also survive, albeit with minor tweaks. In fact, the Senate makes even deeper cuts to Medicaid.

"It cuts health and medical care for our neighbors who need it the most to provide tax cuts to the rich".

McConnell is pledging an expedited vote before opposition can mount a public campaign aimed at senators. Republicans have promised to repeal and replace Obamacare for seven years. It's about ethical responsibility.

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