Liberal Pundits Praise McCain For Vote Against Skinny Repeal

Monday, 31 Jul, 2017

More Medicaid coverage would in turn shore up more marketplaces. If the Senate doesn't pass a bill soon, Trump warned, he may halt Obamacare payments subsidizing health plans for low-income individuals - an idea adamantly opposed by Republicans and Democrats alike. There was no clarity on what legislative avenues that Republican leaders planned to pursue.

Trump fumed at the loss after the vote, tweeting that the three Republicans "let the American people down", linking them to the Democrats who were uniformly against the plan, said the report. "The status quo is not sustainable".

Trump appeared to threaten those payments Saturday, tweeting: "If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!" The subsidies reduce deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for lower-income enrollees.

As he loses the faith of Republicans on Capitol Hill, Trump has an escalating threat from North Korea to attend to, and a stalled domestic agenda to revive. "And I think that they'll end up with the same unpleasant conclusion as to what happened with the Affordable Care Act". In Nevada, for instance, insurers have asked to increase rates by 38 percent, on average for 2018. They must leave enough time for the rates to be submitted to the marketplaces, and then for the online exchanges that sell the coverage to be tested before enrollment for next year's plans begins on November 1. I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up.

Insurers have until September 27 to make a final decision about their participation next year. He took the Republican repeal obsession to its illogical conclusion, fixating on a political "win" over his predecessor despite his limited understanding of or regard for his "unbelievably complex" reform. But now, with Trump rooting for Obamacare to implode and conservative lawmakers reluctant to prop it up, more may decide to withdraw.

'If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute.

David Howard, health policy expert at Emory University, told GHN on Wednesday that Republicans, looking to pass a bill, can add financial incentives for the states of senators reluctant to pass legislation.

How did Senator McCain square his vote on Friday morning with previous votes to repeal Obamacare or with his campaign promises to repeal it in the future?

The impact of the individual mandate has been widely debated, Howard said.

The big wild card, however, remains Trump and his administration. McCain said in a direct appeal to Democrats. But he and his officials have done things to hasten that outcome. Trump clearly wants Sessions to resign, but Sessions is ignoring him. Out-of-whack spending on health care squeezes public budgets and employers' payroll costs: Health premiums and out-of-pocket costs wiped out most of the real income gains for a median family from 1999 to 2011, according to an analysis published on the blog of the journal Health Affairs in 2013.

During a press conference on Friday, Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) praised Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) for their votes against the skinny Obamacare repeal and stated McCain's vote showed the same courage he showed during his service in the Vietnam War. Something President Trump and his team don't seem to understand is that saying something is so doesn't make it so. It would have repealed billions of dollars in taxes imposed under Obamacare to pay for expanding health coverage to millions more Americans.