August 21, 2017

Cooper: Bipartisan health bill not on horizon

31 July 2017, 10:45 | Christie Tate

As John McCain's legacy hangs in the balance this week, is he a hero or a villain?

Republicans who claim to be pro-life but support gutting Medicaid are hypocrites

Either way, after weeks spent on the issue including false starts and near-death experiences that have eaten up months of Trump's presidency, the realisation was dawning on senators that they may be unable to pass anything more complex for now than a lowest-common-denominator bill.

Lewis says tens of millions of people have benefited from improvements under the law including free preventive care such as mammograms and vaccines.

Lawmakers have not given up on the seven-year-long effort to undo Obamacare, reports The Washington Post, but with Friday's failure to push through a "skinny repeal" measure that would have stripped many mandates from the healthcare plan, incumbent lawmakers are left with accusations that they did not live up to the promises that got them elected. People should not have to die because they can not afford treatment, and any Republican party that claims to be pro-life but refuses to support policies that preserve life is filled with little more than hypocrites.

The narrowly written bill was crafted under the budget reconciliation rules specifically to avoid requiring a 60-vote threshold, but it still failed to win even 50 votes, despite Republican control of the chamber 52 to 48.

A vote on the bill is expected after midnight, and then lawmakers could offer amendments to the legislation. We don't have anything more we can do with it here in the House because the legislative vehicle that we have to work with is stuck over there in the Senate.

Since they narrowly sunk the most recent bill, though, we believe it is incumbent upon the three to convince the Democrats with whom they voted about the importance of putting together an all-new bill. John McCain of Arizona.

The Alabama Republican said Friday on CNN that McConnell should press the Senate to pass a rewrite of President Barack Obama's signature law - or step aside.

Senate leaders ultimately could not overcome a fundamental problem: Ms. Collins has a very different view of health policy than, say, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

McCain Votes No, Derails 'Skinny Repeal' In Marathon Session
Mitch McConnell's tactical brilliance in dealing with health-care legislation doesn't mean he has a strategy for actual success. He said even the most conservative members will be reluctant to comment because of the uncertainty of what's to come.

I don't think it's fair for them to be debating whether other people will get health care at all when they themselves get government-funded health care. "The buck stops there". He needed to be there to show the American people that their health care needs come first.

The payments are the subject of a lawsuit brought by House Republicans over whether the Affordable Care Act specifically included a congressional appropriation for the money, as required under the Constitution. But he also said that he's "relieved" the measure didn't pass.

President Trump on Saturday repeatedly used Twitter to urge Republicans in the Senate to keep trying to reach agreement on a bill to change the Obama health law, threatening to unilaterally end payments the federal government makes to insurance companies that help pay for subsidized health insurance coverage for low income Americans under Obamacare.

Among other things, the "skinny" version of Obamacare would have repealed the individual mandate and the employer mandate, ended the tax on medical devices and defunded Planned Parenthood for one year.

"This is clearly a disappointing moment", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

She said failure of the Senate to do nothing occurred at a critical time for insurance companies that must finalize rates for next year by August 16. I think it's a good time to hit the reset button.

Mr. Trump also directed the interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, to call Ms. Murkowski and remind her of the Alaska issues controlled by his department.

In response، Trump on Friday again suggested his administration would let the Obamacare program "implode".

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