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Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:50:41 am »
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill.html?_r=0

Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid

"WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, took a major step on Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to make deep cuts in Medicaid and end the law’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance.

The 142-page bill would create a new system of federal tax credits to help people buy health insurance, while offering states the ability to drop many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment.

But the measure landed in rough seas ahead of a vote that Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, wants next week. Four conservative senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, announced that they would oppose it without changes — more than enough to bring it down.

“It does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs,” the four wrote in a joint statement."

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-joins-the-effort-to-pass-a-health-care-bill-but-another-gop-senator-is-opposed/2017/06/23/6b2dfefe-5837-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html?utm_term=.6d647572b4d1

Trump joins the effort to pass a health-care bill, but another GOP senator is opposed

"President Trump and his allies are waging their most aggressive effort yet to help Senate GOP leaders pass an expansive health-care bill next week, but the endeavor encountered new resistance Friday when a fifth Republican senator said he does not support the bill as is.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced that he could not vote for the legislation without revisions, singling out the measure’s long-term spending cuts to Medicaid as the reason for his opposition. The announcement caught some Republicans in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s orbit by surprise.

It also prompted a Republican super PAC to plan a seven-figure advertising campaign in Nevada to pressure Heller — raising the specter of an ugly intraparty fight that could serve as a harbinger of the political clashes to come during next year’s midterm elections.".

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-scramble-to-keep-alive-plans-to-overhaul-obamacare/2017/06/27/c8ea4c02-5b37-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html?utm_term=.92b446d0a154

Facing GOP opposition, Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul Obamacare


"Facing a rebellion within their own ranks, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess.

The delay — which came after five Senate Republicans said they could not support a move to bring up the bill this week in the wake of a new budget analysis — means that lawmakers will be exposed to a barrage of lobbying as they face their constituents over the holiday.

Conservatives are blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) plan for leaving too much of the existing law in place, while a coalition of patient advocates, doctors and senior citizens’ groups have joined Democrats in decrying its proposed cuts to the Medicaid program and rollback of taxes imposed on the wealthy."

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http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-healthcare-senate-brca-2017-6

'Trump doesn't bring us any votes': Trump appears to be losing influence on healthcare

"President Donald Trump made the pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare one of the key issues of his 2016 election campaign. But as Republicans try in earnest to make good on that promise, Trump appears to be losing influence.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that GOP leadership would delay a vote on its healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, until after the weeklong July 4 recess because of a lack of support among Republican lawmakers.

Nine members of the party have publicly said they would not vote for the bill in its current form. McConnell can lose only two votes for the BCRA to pass, as all Democrats are expected to oppose it.

But Trump apparently isn't helping GOP members get to "yes." In contrast to his hard sell on the House healthcare bill, The Washington Post and The New York Times published reports late Tuesday saying Trump had done little to get the reluctant GOP senators to come to an agreement.

According to The Times' Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin, Trump has been "on the sidelines" during the Senate negotiations."

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http://www.businessinsider.com/which-gop-senators-against-healthcare-bill-2017-6

THE FLOODGATES OPEN: GOP senators come out in furious force against healthcare bill after vote delayed

Several Republican senators voiced their opposition to the Senate healthcare bill just hours after the GOP leadership on Tuesday said it would delay a vote on the legislation until after the weeklong July 4 recess.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leaders are seeking an agreement with members on a revised bill by the end of the week. By most indications, that will be difficult.

Combined with those who defected before the delay, at least nine GOP senators have said they oppose the first version of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

McConnell can afford to lose only two Republican votes for the bill to pass the Senate. Here's a rundown of all of the public GOP dissenters

Rand Paul of Kentucky: Released a statement with three other conservative senators on Thursday opposing the bill, saying it did not do enough to repeal Obamacare's regulations and decrease the deficit.
Ted Cruz of Texas: Signed on to the statement opposing on Thursday. Cruz applauded the decision to delay the vote but said productive conversations were going on about the bill.
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: One of the signees to the statement on Thursday with Cruz and Paul, Johnson said in a statement after the delay: "I'm pleased Senate leadership has agreed to give us more time to analyze the healthcare bill. A vote this week would have been rushed, and I look forward to taking time in the coming days to improve this bill."
Mike Lee of Utah: Another of the four conservative signees on Thursday.
Dean Heller of Nevada: Up for reelection in Nevada in 2018 in a state won by Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. He opposed the cuts to Medicaid and said the draft bill would not lower people's premiums.
Susan Collins of Maine: Said she had "fundamental" issues with the bill as written. "I will say I have so many fundamental problems with the bill, that have been confirmed by the CBO report, that it's difficult for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill," Collins said.
Jerry Moran of Kansas: Moran, a relatively middle-of-the-road member, said the process was simply moving too fast. "The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support," Moran said Tuesday. "I am pleased with the decision to delay the vote — now is the time to take a step back and put the full legislative process to work."
Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia: West Virginia has the largest population of Medicaid recipients, so Capito wants to secure more funding for the program. "As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable healthcare in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, and harms rural healthcare providers," Capito said in a statement.
Rob Portman of Ohio: Wants to ensure more funding for Medicaid and to fight the opioid crisis in the bill. "Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I cannot support it in its current form," Portman said in a statement. "In the days and weeks ahead, I'm committed to continue talking with my colleagues about how we can fix the serious problems in our healthcare system while protecting Ohio's most vulnerable citizens."

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