When asked whether she would support the American Health Care Act as it stands today, she demurred. The House bill halts the expansion, in addition to cutting federal spending on the program. The measure would also water down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance. Although the current bill was approved before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could review the measure, Gillibrand cited a study the office issued in March that indicated 24 million Americans would lose their health coverage over the next decade under an earlier version of the bill that was never voted on.
The bill has now been moved to the Senate, where GOP members are less eager to bow to pressure from the White House and have threatened to rewrite the bill.
It’s “Trumpcare” now, and Republicans have to answer for it.
JEFF GREENFIELD, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, you can see the risks that have already emerged. He added that people who will be impacted by the bill will be “living in the emergency rooms again”. The changes now put two dozen Republican seats in the competitive category, including one marked as leaning to the Democrats. The House bill would end the health care law’s fines on people who don’t buy policies and erase its taxes on health industry businesses and higher earners.
SREENIVASAN: What happens in the Senate going forward? Republicans have long opposed Obamacare and say it’s failing. This bill was crafted to placate the Freedom Caucus and their extreme right wing agenda.
Among the 52 Republicans in the Senate, only five are women.
“We’re not going to rush it”, Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota said. We’re going to write our own – our own bill.
“So much discretion is given to the states without any guardrails”, she said. Key provisions of the Republican bill have been judged negatively, including the new change that would let states apply for waivers to loosen the requirements for covering people with preexisting conditions. It’s a byzantine picture.
The president was an energetic cheerleader in the effort to round up House votes and promote the bill, but he was hardly attuned to the details.
“The CBO is assuming getting to that 24 million is, you get Medicaid for free, but once the mandate that you take it is gone, you will voluntarily give up that free benefit”, he said. This is different [than Obamacare].
“This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done”, he said.
“If they can get rid of the word ‘repeal, ‘ Democrats can sit down”, Machin, facing 2018 reelection in an increasingly conservative state, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation“.
GREENFIELD: If we’ve learned anything from the last election is trying to project a year and a half out is a fool’s errand. That crashed and burns, never even got to a vote, and the Democrats lost both the House and the Senate that year. “I think that the Republican Party will be rewarded”. Conservatives have always anxious about entitlements.
The American Action Network has spent millions of dollars this year calling for Obamacare repeal.
Democrats are convinced the GOP repeal bill jeopardizes the Republican monopoly in Washington, starting with majority control of the House, and the party’s advantages in statehouses from Nevada to New Hampshire. Jeff Greenfield, thanks so much.