Kasich Puts Portman On The Spot By Torching Obamacare Repeal Bill

Ross Houston
July 15, 2017

Trump ripped off four tweets aimed at skeptical senators a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) presented his revised draft of a sweeping health care bill to dismantle much of Obamacare, and cut and change Medicaid's federal spending.

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One of the most disastrous new changes Senate Republicans made to their Obamacare repeal bill in the latest draft is the addition of the so-called "Consumer Freedom" amendment authored by Texas Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Steve Daines (R-MT), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to vote for the bill in exchange for more Medicaid for their states.

"This is our moment, we were tasked to do and we need to get it done and find compromise within our party to help the American people who are suffering with the failure of ObamaCare", Romney McDaniel said. Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky said Thursday they do not support the current legislation.

Also weighing in was the American Medical Association, the physicians' organization, which said Medicaid cuts and "inadequate subsidies" in the bill would lead to "millions of Americans losing health insurance coverage". Attaching an unappealing vote like raising the debt ceiling to a more popular bill benefiting veterans would make it an easier pill to swallow for some Republicans. It is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market.

President Donald Trump and other administration officials lobbied Republicans Friday from both sides of the Atlantic to keep the Senate GOP's reworked health care bill from crashing, with the president saying wavering senators "must come through". Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, to propose an amendment that would do away with the refundable tax credit and turn it into a block grant "so that if a state wants to fix Obamacare, they can take the money to fix it", Graham said. Well, for one thing, Republicans are hoping that they are going to be able to forego another CBO score by scoring the bill themselves. Insurers have warned that if this passes, healthy people will buy cheap plans that cover nothing, and any plan with full coverage will go up by tens of thousands of dollars as only sick people sign up.

All eyes are on the Senate at the moment as efforts to round-up support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) continue. One more defection would sink the bill. "It's not an acceptable proposition to have a bill that increases the burden on lower-income citizens and lessens the burden on wealthy citizens".

So far, two of the 52 Republican senators have declared they will not even vote for the preliminary motion that would begin formal debate: conservative Rand Paul of Kentucky and moderate Susan Collins of Maine.

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