GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

The governors implored the leaders to focus on stabilizing the individual insurance markets, give states flexibility and ensure affordable cover.

"Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people", McConnell said in 2009, referring to the two big issues of the moment.

Senate Republicans are working on their own version of the healthcare bill since the House approved its version.

According to the CBO, the House bill would cost 23 million Americans their health coverage, and despite winning the support of 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin, it looks as if it was specifically created to hurt a place like Maine.

Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, among the letter's signers, questioned Trump's position in light of his conflicting statements. "I just truly do not know, because I don't know where it's going", said the Alaska Republican.

The Medicaid cap may or may not be included in the Senate bill, depending on whom you ask.

Republicans plan to vote on the bill before the July 5th recess.

That put the House and Senate on the 44th day of the budget impasse back to, essentially, the same spot they were in at day one, with just two weeks remaining to avert a partial state government shutdown.

Many Republican senators have pushed for a more gradual phaseout in their bill, as well as preserving certain protections for preexisting conditions under the ACA not maintained in the House bill. "Instead, we recommend Congress address factors we can all agree need fixing". Democrats John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania added their names.

The seven all opted to accept terms of the 2010 law that allowed their states to receive additional federal money to expand the number of people covered by Medicaid.

AARP also has expressed worries that the House health care bill will cut Medicaid funding, which provides support for the disabled and elderly, as well as the poor. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those efforts.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington said she thinks the House abortion restrictions will have "a real problem standing up" under Senate rules.

"It seems to me that what they want to do, because this legislation is so bad, is keep it secret, keep it hidden, and in the last possible second rush it before the Senate and get a vote within a few hours".

Although specifics, to the extent there are any, have largely stayed secret, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House bill would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than under current law.

David Popp, a spokesman for McConnell, argued that the letter suggests Democrats are now open to the "repeal" component of the "repeal and replace" health care effort.

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