frozenmail.net
frozenmail.net December 17, 2017


GOP health-care effort collapses when McCain, Collins, Murkowski vote no

31 July 2017, 01:34 | Christie Tate

A rainbow shines over the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 24

A rainbow shines over the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 24

The July 28-29 poll of more than 1,130 Americans, conducted after the Republican-led effort collapsed in the Senate, found that 64 percent said they wanted to keep Obamacare, either "entirely as is" or after fixing "problem areas".

Others asserted that McCain was living up to his "nickname, The Maverick" by voting against the repeal bill.

It's expected also to propose repealing a tax on medical device makers.

In the wake of the failed Republican efforts to pass their health care bill, a Democratic super PAC is hoping to show Republicans that their constituents want them to support improving the 2010 health care law and their vote to repeal it will cost them. That vote was 43-57.

That's because Republicans used a tactic called reconciliation, a procedure in which lawmakers may consider a budgetary bill that is not subject to the 60-vote filibuster.

But while McCain deserves the credit he has gotten, those tributes have obscured a more interesting political story: Following the massive Women's March shortly after Trump's inauguration and vast grass-roots activism in defense of women's health-care prerogatives, it was the women of the Senate who doomed multiple attempts by a secretive all-male group of Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell didn't exactly warm to the idea in his remarks on the Senate floor after defeat of the partial repeal bill. And the conference process that Senator McConnell now would use would only strengthen his hand. Republican senators rushed to the cameras to defend not only Sessions' recusal as "the right thing" but his work as attorney general on behalf of Trump's agenda.

Regarding the first version of the bill, he said in June that "it is precisely the detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable that makes the Senate draft unacceptable as written". But getting rid of it, he added, "has to have at least some effect".

"It's not good for the country, whether you're Democrat or Republican, when you pass a bill with only partisan votes", said Yarmuth.

House Republicans rail on Senate GOP for torpedoing health care
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., initially said "not yet" when asked if he was ready to vote for the scaled-back Senate bill. Republican lawmakers have struggled to honor their biggest campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"The only way to force senators back to the table is to block efforts to prop up Obamacare", Michael A. Needham, the CEO of Heritage Action, declared in a statement on Friday.

Leerink analyst Ana Gupte surveyed several states and has said that insurers are asking for price hikes of around 36 percent when they assume the subsidies go away, compared with about 18 percent if they stay.

McConnell will never publicly admit it, but he's also likely relieved the bad bills failed and the Senate can now move on.

"The image I have in my head is that everyone who wants to see a doctor can see one, without going to the ER or going bankrupt", said Rick Neal, an worldwide aid worker who was exploring a run against Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned senators Wednesday that repealing the individual mandate without a replacement would disrupt insurance markets. The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. According to a recent analysis by the Congressional Research Service, Medicaid pays for 15 per cent of all health care in the United States, including half of all births, 40 per cent of children's health care and two-thirds of all Americans living in nursing homes.

"It's an epic fail for the Republican Congress", said Tim Phillips, president of the conservative Americans for Prosperity.

- "Protect the Medicaid program from changes that would harm millions of struggling Americans".

The "skinny repeal" bill is a Trojan horse created to resuscitate the effort to repeal large parts of the ACA and impose big Medicaid cuts that would jeopardize coverage for millions of the nation's neediest people. The message apparently was directed at both Alaskan Senators and reiterated that Murkowski's "no" vote had put Alaska's future with the Trump administration in jeopardy.



Other News

Trending Now

USA orders Venezuela embassy families out, crisis deepens
Hundreds of Maduro's supporters marched in the streets Thursday on the final day of the election campaign. Among the candidates wanting to sit on the new assembly is Maduro's wife, Cilia Flores.

Venezuelans Pack Streets to Cast Vote in Constituent Assembly
Vice President Mike Pence promised on Friday that the US would take "strong and swift economic actions" if the vote went ahead. Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman, reporting from the capital, Caracas , said that it was "sad and bloody day in Venezuela ".

Dodgers' Roberts expects nothing but best from Giants
The club is well on its way to winning their fifth consecutive division title, but that no longer is good enough for this team. Adam Conley (4-3) earned the win, allowing five hits, two walks and two runs in a season-high 7 2/3 innings.

Watch the moment that McCain voted no on Obamacare repeal
Schumer expressed confusion on this point since the health care bill failed to clear the 51 vote threshold it needed last night. While today was a win for millions of Americans, our fight is far from over. "It needs to be a much more deliberative process".

John Kelly Named Trump Chief Of Staff; Priebus Resigns
Most importantly, when it comes to Kelly, he's a big Trump guy, something that Priebus couldn't overcome. Minutes later, he tweeted, "In light of the leak of my financial info which is a felony".

Could Jeff Sessions be moved to the Department of Homeland Security?
Trump hits Sessions for not pursuing Hillary Clinton , when the president himself had called for letting the Clinton scandal go. Mr Blumenthal said that the bill "might be a committee effort" and said it would protect Mr Mueller and other special counsels.

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.

Priebus gone, can Kelly bring discipline to the White House?
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a longtime friend of Priebus', said he "left it all out on the field, for our party and our country". When pressed by Blitzer on why he resigned from the role, Priebus responded, "I'm not going to get into that personal stuff".

Galle Test: India extend lead to 498 on Day 3
Sri Lanka s 250 came up in the 70th over, as Perera started throwing his bat around and getting runs in boundaries. Herath tried to go for a reverse-sweep but the ball brushed his glove on its way to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip.

Taoiseach Criticises Trump's Plan To Ban Transgender Military Personnel
As if he doesn't have enough controversy to contend with, President Donald Trump created yet another distraction last week. It also found that countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom saw no effect on military readiness .