Trump should call bluff on health care

Geneva Matthews
June 22, 2017

The Senate proposal cuts off Medicaid expansion more gradually than the House bill, but would enact deeper long-term cuts to the health-care program for low-income Americans. "It's apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate".

"We used to complain like hell when the Democrats ran the Affordable Care Act". Trump reportedly dismissed the House-passed effort - which he celebrated last month in a Rose Garden ceremony - as "mean".

The healthcare bill will be released to the Republican Senate Conference on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and posted online, Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming and Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters on Wednesday.

The House passed its version in May, while the Senate measure is now being drafted by 13 male Republican senators who have kept the process and details of the bill tightly under wraps.

The gap between what Republicans say their plan will do and what people think it will do further complicates matters for Senate Republicans, who already have been criticized for drafting their bill in secret.

The Republican leader can spare only two GOP votes from his slim 52-seat majority for passage, presuming Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote. "I'd find it hard to believe we'll have enough time", he said, adding that if he doesn't get enough information "I won't be voting yes". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined by, from left, Sen.

McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is viewed inside the White House and around Washington as a master of the Senate, someone who knows his caucus and what it will take to get a bill passed. Republicans are also battling over how best to remake the Medicaid program, with key vote senators like Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia sounding skittish about Medicaid reductions.

Here are the Republican senators who may decide the fate of the health care bill, and where they now stand.

"The combination of secrecy and speed are a toxic recipe", said Sen. But Republican lawmakers on Tuesday still largely sidestepped commenting on even broad policy questions and said several major decisions were still under debate.

"I'm still hoping we reach impasse and we go back to the idea we started with, which is repeal Obamacare", Paul said.

Besides Lee and Cruz, conservative Sen.

The Washington Post reported that the bill would also repeal most of the taxes that pay for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, give states wider latitude to opt out of its regulations and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a healthcare provider that offers abortion services. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska could well be another because the bill would take a huge toll on people in her state, which has very high health care costs. They fear McConnell will jam the legislation through the Senate with little debate, limiting their chance to scrutinize the bill and whip up opposition against it. Republicans like Barrasso see the bill as a win for the GOP and for the promises they made on the campaign trail.

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