Tell your senators to kill secret health care bill

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

Pennsylvania lawmakers are speaking out after the U.S. Senate's long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was unveiled on Thursday.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said it would be "very difficult" for President Trump and GOP leaders to get her support this week for the Senate's health care bill. "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans".

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

Ron Johnson is one of the five GOP senators who have publicly declared they won't vote for the American Health Care Act as it's now written.

The future of the Senate Republican leadership's healthcare bill, released on Thursday, is already in doubt as at least five Republican senators have come out in opposition of the legislation in its current form.

Mr Trump has now acknowledged in an interview with Fox News that a lack of support from the four Republicans leaves the party's overhaul of former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare policy on a "very, very narrow path" to victory. "I hope that President Trump delivers on his promise to provide more Americans with better health care for less money".

In addition to Heller, Republicans expected to offer some pushback against the Senate bill include Maine's Susan Collins and Ohio's Rob Portman.

The Senate bill would make major cuts in the federal-state Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.

Democrats and other critics of the Senate GOP measure said the bill's feature phasing out costly aspects of Medicaid over time could eventually strip millions of low-income earners of health insurance.

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is suggesting Iowans would not be losing Medicaid coverage even as the Senate GOP health care bill would phase out financing to expand the low-income insurance program.

In a joint statement, Kentucky's Rand Paul, Texas' Ted Cruz, Utah's Mike Lee and Wisconsin's Ron Johnson all said that they are unsatisfied with the proposal.

Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Bob Casey (D) will help determine the draft bill's fate in the GOP-ruled Senate.

If three Republicans defect, the party can not reach the majority vote it needs to pass the measure. New York City's public hospitals and clinics now serve 1.2 million patients annually, one-third of whom are uninsured. Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week. But the end may be in sight: Sen McConnell has said he could call for a vote on the bill next week. "I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus". Insurance companies would be allowed to increase executive salaries while significantly raising premiums for older adults and people with preexisting conditions.

We're going to have to see what the Congressional Budget Office says about what this would do the insurance system and what it would do the federal deficit.