Health Care Must Remain A Right

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

Republicans are using what's called "budget reconciliation" to pass their health care bill with a bare majority of 50 votes and avoid a Democratic filibuster. "There is no excuse for any Republican or Democrat to oppose the Senate health care bill outright", group President Brian Walsh said Friday.

The president said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing enough to push through the bill.

Asked if that means she'll be voting against the AHCA, Collins hedged a bit and said she wants to wait for the CBO score, but reiterated she has "very serious concerns about the bill".

The Republicans can only lose two senators for the vote and now, there are five who say they will not vote in favor of it.

Some Republicans argue that a Medicaid card or an "Obamacare" policy means little because either the doctor doesn't accept notoriously low Medicaid fees, or high deductibles under the health law keep patients from coming in. Currently, the House and Senate replacement bills also focus more on the mechanics of providing health insurance than on reducing the nation's overall health-care spending.

As the people who care for Michigan's kids at their sickest - but who also treat minor injuries and give them clean bills of health before they enter the new school year - we raise our voices on their behalf. Obama insisted that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

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.

Trump has spoken favorably about both the House-passed bill and the Senate version unveiled this week, though he declared several times as he ramped up his campaign for the presidency that he would not cut Medicaid. She is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed to it as written which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy.

We've got Senators from the more conservative side saying that this new bill isn't going to do anything to reduce costs and premiums. Dr. Elizabeth Rothe of Lewiston says many Mainers will lose insurance.

Some residents do not even know they are on government insurance; administrators often complete the paperwork to start Medicaid once other insurance expires. (California is already finding that out the hard way.) You can expect to eventually see some Republicans going along with that line of thinking too, believe it or not. Without significant changes in the proposal, the senator said he'll vote with Democrats to block it from reaching the Senate floor. Those waivers could include letting insurance companies vary the cost of coverage based on health risks and to bring back annual or lifetime caps on how much insurers have to pay out for someone's care.

"I think some of the reforms are great".

The Senate bill takes immediate steps to stabilize insurance markets for the next two years. "It isn't so much whether we are spending lots of money on Medicaid, it's whether or not people are covered", said Cassidy.

"I got back custody of my son two weeks ago and I've been sober 17 months", she declared.

Over time, the extra help for states and the exchanges would phase out, and cuts to Medicaid and to insurance protections would phase in. Republicans and Democrats will be negotiating with the Senate parliamentarian, who oversees the chamber's rules, next week to decide what can be included in the bill and what cannot.

Under the current draft, Medicaid would be phased out under the bill beginning in 2021, with gradual reductions until 2024 in the amount of federal Obamacare funds that have financed the entitlement program's expansion. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.