Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Trump says it's 'OK' if health bill doesn't pass

Alfredo Watts | 29 June, 2017, 08:56

All 46 Senate Democrats are expected to vote against the bill.

It hasn't been easy, as adjustments to placate conservatives, who want the legislation to be more stringent, only push away moderates who think its current limits - on Medicaid for example - are too strong. His spokesman, Conn Carroll, said Tuesday that Lee would not vote to commence debate on the bill "as it is now written", a roll call that's expected Wednesday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan asserted on June 27 that 22 million people, whom the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates would lose their health care under the GOP Senate plan by 2026, will choose not to buy health insurance because they won't be required to (video below).

The Wisconsin Republican was one of the five members who threatened to vote against a motion to proceed to the bill. All it clearly indicates is that McConnell and the Republican leadership weren't confident they'd have the votes by the end of this week.

"Rates are going up, and in fact it's very interesting, Lisa, that you're sitting next to me, because in Alaska it was 206 percent", Trump told Sen. As it stands now, the Senate's version of the Obamacare replacement bill ― called the Better Care Reconciliation Act ― is one of the most deeply unpopular pieces of legislation to ever get this close to passage.

In New Jersey, 520,000 people would lose coverage by 2021 under the Senate bill, according to a report issued Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive research group.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "This bill is every bit as mean as the House bill".

"A vote this week would have been rushed", said Sen. "CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it".

Providers will feel the impact of Medicaid cuts far greater than changes to the individual market.

"We are all committed to making sure there are adequate resources to deal with it", he said.

Republicans eager to repeal "Obamacare" suffered a deeply embarrassing setback Tuesday when shrinking support forced them to postpone votes on their controversial health care overhaul, one of President Donald Trump's top priorities.

Capito and another moderate, Sen.

The budget office report said the Senate bill's coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual. White House chief of staff Reince Preibus and press secretary Sean Spicer were in the Capitol on Tuesday, as well. And another conservative, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), said he had "a hard time believing" he'd have enough information to back that motion this week, the news service reported. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Sen.

Lee is still negotiating with Senate leaders on the base bill, his aides said, and he could change his position depending on the outcome of those talks.

The 22 million extra uninsured Americans are just 1 million fewer than the number the budget office estimated would become uninsured under the House version.

Conservatives said the Senate bill did not do enough to roll back provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare.

No Democrats in the House or Senate support the GOP healthcare bill and Republicans are still looking for more support from their own party for the bill to pass in the Senate. The Senate bill would repeal the tax this year.

They joined six others who said last week that they would not support the legislation, crafted in secret by a 13-member working group: Sen. In a letter to senators Tuesday, it criticized an "opaque and closed" legislative process and proposed cuts to Medicaid that could lead to hundreds of thousands of lower-income veterans losing their insurance.

However, the CBO report does not say that people will voluntarily choose not to buy health insurance simply because they don't like being required to do so.