August 23, 2017

CBO: 22M would lose insurance under GOP health care bill

24 July 2017, 02:10 | Anita Wise

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John McCain's (R-Ariz.) health crisis, which appears likely to keep him away from Capitol Hill for some time, and which will make it that much more hard for Republicans to pull together 50 votes for a regressive and unpopular piece of legislation.

Consider what has happened just since Monday.

I know that the Russian Federation investigations are charging ahead, with Capitol Hill appearances by members of President Donald Trump's inner circle scheduled for next week.

President Donald Trump likely can't avoid his share of the blame for the latest setback on the Republican health care bill, despite his efforts to do so.

Senate GOP leadership amended the BCRA after a revolt from Republican senators. He votes Republican, but says with his party in control of Washington, "they should act like grown-ups".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had indicated he was prepared to stick a fork in the Republican bill and move on to other issues including overhauling the tax code. I thought Republicans' attempts to repeal Obamacare crashed and burned a few days ago. That plan died a couple hours later, felled by three GOP women: Sens.

With a 52-48 majority, McConnell can only afford to lose two GOP senators, which would allow Vice President Mike Pence break a tie.

What would be the effect of the plans?


The CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation released its report Wednesday.

The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 17 million in 2018, compared with the number under current law.

Thirty-seven percent said they or their families would be made worse off by the GOP proposals.

The real Rory McIlroy stands up to be counted
If he was able to climb the table, McIlroy must a to his younger brother, JP Fitzgerald, who is at his side for almost a decade. He played those holes in 2 under and took the lead, overcoming a bogey at the 13th hole by holing an eagle putt at the 15th.

Despite being called "repeal and delay", his bill immediately repeals some parts of the ACA, including requirements that individuals have insurance coverage or pay a penalty and that mid-size and large employers offer affordable coverage to full-time employees. On the other hand, the federal deficit would drop by $473 billion.

That provision, sponsored by Sen.

Those costs could soar even further under another provision of the bill that would allow insurers to offer slimmed down health plans that don't offer the basic set of health benefits now mandated by Obamacare, such as prescription drugs, maternity care and mental health services.

Experts say the amendment basically amounts to a high-risk pool, forcing those with pre-existing conditions to purchase more expensive ACA-compliant plans while offering cheaper plans that cover very little to now healthy individuals.

Are there enough votes for either plan?

. While senators left the meeting saying they are making progress, some holdouts were uncertain of the next steps. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) - as a way to get him on board.

McConnell said Wednesday that the procedural vote would go through despite objections from three moderate senators, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Complicating matters is Sen. John McCain, who announced his brain cancer diagnosis on Wednesday night.

The repeal bill also would double insurance premiums in the individual plan market and leave up to three-quarters of the United States without an insurer selling such plans by 2026. This makes passage even more improbable.

"We don't have a clear determination as to what it is that we would be voting for", Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, told reporters when asked if she would support a procedural vote to open debate on a healthcare plan.

"Who knows?" he shrugged as the doors of his elevator closed.

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