GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it


24 June, 2017

Susan Collins to reject the newest version out of fear that thousands in ME will lose coverage.

Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change". But the Republican bill that we saw yesterday is not the foundation for doing that. Dick Durbin (D) and others on Friday at Rush University Medical Center to voice their concerns over the senate health care repeal bill, a plan Durbin said will take away health insurance from one million people in IL.

Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form.

During the Obama years - whether leading the GOP minority or as Senate majority leader since 2015 - McConnell was a key player on several must-pass items: a 2011 budget and debt deal; an early 2013 "fiscal cliff" tax bill; and several "omnibus" spending packages.

The main thing people don't like about Obamacare is how much they have to pay. We hear a lot about Republicans keeping their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but at what cost?

Moody's Investors Service says Senate Republicans' proposed healthcare bill, dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, would negatively affect hospital finances by causing the uninsured rate to rise. She joins us on the line. John McCain has said how he will vote.

The Winthrop woman and former veterinarian was left disabled after complications from her body's reaction to a 2013 colonoscopy. Many of them adults, but also children under the Husky Children's Health Care Program. Small wonder just 16 percent of Americans think the bill is a good idea.

Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House bill which, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law. The conclusion is that this plan would have an impact on thousands of CT residents, for some, increasing their health care costs and for others, ending their health care coverage.

Sanfelippo said the bill that passed the Assembly ensures Wisconsin residents who don't maintain their health insurance coverage would have an option through a state-run high-risk pool similar to one that existed before Obamacare passed. Those who don't have coverage now or lose their coverage and don't find new coverage within 63 days could be forced to pay a penalty if they want to participate in state health care exchanges set up under Obamacare. "I'm not just concerned about myself, but about the people who may need to go into nursing homes and won't be able to any longer". Where's the health care?

Democrats formed a united front against the controversial measure that was drafted in secret, criticizing it as a "war on Medicaid", the health care program for lower income Americans, and calling it a worse plan than one that passed the House of Representatives in May.

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.

And McConnell made the decision to release the bill this week and push toward a vote next week, ignoring pleas from some lawmakers for more time.

"I don't agree with Trump on much, but I do agree with him (the House ACA replacement proposal) is a mean-spirited bill", the 68-year-old Lunt said on the Western Avenue sidewalk as motorists rushed past, some honking their horns in reaction to the demonstration. "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo". That's just not a national concern for us right now.

None of this will improve Americans' health care.

In recent weeks, some Republican senators have said they feel uncomfortable with Medicaid cuts being proposed.

Lunt said if she were to have a chance to speak with Collins directly she would tell her to "Vote your conscience".

Postman said repealing the ACA without replacing it with a comparable or improved plan would endanger the health of nearly 100,000 ME residents.

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