When the healthcare bill died in the senate recently (notice I did not attribute the bill to Republicans), the headlines in most media were something like this: the Republican Party has failed to deal with healthcare and the Republican Party can not govern.
Some are in denial, vowing to continue negotiating new iterations of repeal legislation, determined to find one that can pass the Senate. Inasmuch as the Republicans control both houses of Congress plus the presidency, it's hard to see how the GOP could escape the blame for such a fiasco. Others are bargaining, looking for bipartisan compromises to shore up the individual marketplace with Democrats. Sixty-four percent of participants in the Reuters/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1,136 adults, said they wanted Obamacare to remain "entirely as is" or see political leaders fix "problem areas". Once the situation is examined more carefully, however, it is at least problematic to claim the Republicans' governance failed.
Sen. John McCain's vote against a "skinny repeal" health care proposal stopped attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act for FY "17". The White House insists on cutting the corporate rate to 15 percent, while House Republicans favor 20 percent.
Some GOP lawmakers haven't given up on repeal just yet, however.
Since Donald Trump's inauguration as President in January, Virginians have been dodging bullets from Washington, D.C., as the White House and Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate propose policy after policy, which, if enacted, would dramatically impact our citizens, particularly those who are most disadvantaged. On Tuesday morning, McConnell outlined the week's agenda, and health care isn't on it. "Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!"
That is unlikely to bear fruit. Its sister group, Freedom Partners, has called out West Virginia Democratic Sen. Until the 1960s, it was virtually impossible for older Americans to get health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that medical liability reform could save nearly $50 billion over 10 years. John McCain of Arizona called for before casting the deciding vote against the GOP-only repeal effort with fellow Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "Only regular order allows for a bipartisan effort and successful, lasting reform".
"Should the payments cease, insurers will be required to fund cost-sharing reductions on their own", Murray says. Republicans view the payments as unconstitutional and sued the Obama administration over them.
"Senator Heitkamp is approaching tax reform with an open mind and she wants to work across the aisle to help make reforms that will grow the economy and support working families", she said. Republicans could also eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a government body that has drawn bipartisan criticism for the extraordinary power it has to make significant cuts to the Medicare program.
Following the Senate's failure to take action on health care last week, Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that he plans to move on to tax reform.
"The American people are exhausted of the status quo in Washington". Nonetheless, he didn't endorse trying again. They cited Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's statement during his confirmation hearing that there would be "no absolute tax cut for the upper class", although he has since backed away from that statement. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Judging from the press clips out of ME and Alaska, neither one seems to be in any hurry to embrace and support Republican health care plans.