Sunday, 25 June, 2017

GOP, Dem governors call for changes in House health bill

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly
Jon Howard | 20 June, 2017, 01:14

Reports that Senate Republicans are considering phasing out the Obamacare Medicaid expansion over three to seven years, instead of ending it in 2020 as the House bill would, have upset some House conservatives, as have other details that have leaked from the Senate talks. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and comes with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500.

On the floor, Democrats plan to make several unanimous consent requests in an attempt to force Senate Republicans to hold a hearing on their health care overhaul, and Democratic senators plan to give floor speeches until late Monday that lambast Republicans for drafting their legislation in private.

The House bill, once the CBO scored it, was projected to eliminate health care coverage for 23 million Americans and spend the savings on $600 billion in tax cuts, predominantly for wealthy taxpayers.

Drug companies, with stifling new regulations and big tax increases, were the least enthusiastic sector of the health care industry that supported Obamacare. "I am in favor of the American people and members of Congress doing everything that we can to defeat that horrific piece of legislation that will hurt tens and tens of millions of people in our country".

While the party's liberal wing is demanding that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and his team shut the Senate down, Schumer has made no decision and often tries to forge consensus in his caucus before executing party strategy. All of them except Collins also represent states which expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.

Like many conservatives, Cruz believes that in order to bring down the cost of health insurance, lawmakers need to repeal as numerous Obamacare-era regulations as possible.

Democrats plan to object to routine requests to let the chamber operate - whether it's scheduling votes or allowing committees to meet for extended hearings - in a move aimed at escalating the fight over health care.

House Republicans aren't too pleased that President Donald Trump privately spoke ill of their healthcare bill.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the Republican plan isn't a solution, it's an assault on women and the beginnings of a serious national healthcare crisis. Republican leaders would like a vote in July, even before the July 4 recess if possible.

They include Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, both up for re-election next year, as well as Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Sound familiar? Remember what then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in the Democratic rush to pass Obamacare in 2010? If McConnell puts a bill on the Senate floor using the fast-track process to avoid a filibuster, they want Democrats to delay debate by offering numerous amendments.

"It is going to take days and weeks to work through that in the Senate", Rubio said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

The devious Senate GOP leader prefers to operate in the dark, and it's giving Democrats as well as Republicans fits.

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