GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Sunday, 25 Jun, 2017

"Every indication suggests that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans yesterday will be even more devastating to New Jersey than the mean-spirited unpopular bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year". The issues aren't new, nor are numerous ideas we've discussed along the way.

As expected, all Democrat senators have vowed to shut down the bill and have encouraged all senators to look past party lines to stop the bill from passing.

"He wants to bring the stakeholders to the table, have those conversations and we'll get back to you", said Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as quoted by Politico.

On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role. That is, of course, why they opposed a larger federal intrusion into health care, fearing that, like their British cousins in Parliament, they'd soon be where people turned whenever a scheduled surgery was delayed.

So far, a majority of the Senate have expressed promises to vote "no" on the bill; according to statements made by senators, 55 senators oppose the bill, 17 support it and 28 are unclear.

At the center of the debate over the future of the $3 trillion US health care system, which comprises approximately one-sixth of the economy, is a fundamental ideological divide that is finally facing public scrutiny. The story examined the claim that more Americans will die on the Republican health care plan than the one that is now in place.

You've talked about how the Affordable Care Act isn't flawless. "She has met with and heard the concerns of many Mainers about their health care challenges, and she will continue to do so as she studies the impact of this legislation on ME and the nation".

The strategy follows Trump's seat-of-the-pants approach on health care in the House that nearly unraveled and exposed painful rifts among Republicans.

The bill would cut and redesign the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people, and erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped pay for the roughly 20 million Americans covered by Obama's law. "It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it", the former president added. "They are living healthier and happier lives because of that decision - I don' think that can be overstated enough". And we'll see if we can take care of that. That was the reasoning behind it. Some folks have told me they're paying $2,000 per month in premiums and have $7,000+ deductibles.

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said the White House needed to "get this health care thing done one way or the other" so it could move forward.

And I would say this.

Good grief. Let's encourage Democrats to participate and make this a bipartisan bill.

"I want to get to yes, and the way to get to yes is to fix the underlying problems".

"Right now it's just too big of a deal, it's a life-and-death situation for so many people", she said Friday at Flake's office.

Heller, who faces re-election in 2018 in the Democratic-leaning state, said on Friday: "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans".

The center estimates that the proposal to shift the cost of Medicaid payments to states could cost Arizona an additional $243.2 million by 2021, a number that could grow to $773 million by 2024.

Now that's how you call the Better Care Act's bluff.