Schumer calls for all-senators meeting on health care

Henrietta Brewer
June 17, 2017

Ron Johnson told reporters Thursday.

"It's clear to me that you are not going to stand by your comments", Murray shot back.

"Our members and other Americans over age 50 are very anxious about legislation that would raise their premiums through what is, in effect, an age tax, weaken Medicare, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and make changes to Medicaid that would put some of our most vulnerable citizens at risk", said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.

The July 4 deadline was self-assigned, but not critical to the ultimate fate of the bill. Unsympathetic writers engage in a continuous parade of criticism of progressives, using charges of behavior that in fact consist of exactly what Republicans do. Still, there was no mystery about its provisions when it came to the vote, as it arrived on the floor with a full analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for almost a month of debate before passing on a party-line vote.

Veteran health care writer Sarah Kliff, who covered the passage of Obamacare in 2009, wrote this week in Vox: "It's become obvious to me, particularly this week, that Republicans plan to move more quickly and less deliberatively than Democrats did in drafting the Affordable Care Act".

A bill is headed to the Senate that would help child victims report abuse.

Now Democrats say they would love to read the Republicans' repeal bill but can not do so because Republicans have not exposed their handiwork to public inspection. And they say their bill won't give those most able to pay income taxes a break at the expense of lower wage earners who can least afford it.

"I am committed to fixing the mental health system until it works", he said. Moderates Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were on the list as well as conservatives Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

"There's no bill as far as I know", said Ohio Republican Sen. In the House, lawmakers began with a rushed mark-up process, introducing the bill and revising it in committees over a compressed two-day schedule.

"Do you agree that the house Trumpcare bill is 'mean?'" asked Sen.

But despite controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, they have been unable to craft a bill that would accomplish that goal and fulfill seven years worth of promises.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) narrowly avoided tragedy this week after a gunman shot up a congressional baseball practice, leaving a colleague in critical condition and wounding several others.

"We continue to have productive discussions".

Leadership is grappling with a balancing act. Because an insurance pool can only function when it includes a mix of people - young and healthy and older and sick - there are also penalties for those who do not buy insurance in order to draw the young and healthy into the market.

The request was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, as well as the chairs of the Senate budget, health and finance committees. More than that? Game over. Roy Blunt of Missouri and several other Republican senators declined to discuss what was on the table in negotiations Thursday.

"Look, my view is this doesn't get better over time and all of the final work on bringing people together on a bill like that happens in the last 10 days", Blunt said.

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