August 21, 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.

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"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.

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