GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

Senate Republican leaders were scrambling Tuesday to rally support for the bill but had to delay a vote this week because it lacked adequate support.”We’re still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place”, McConnell told reporters. “Legislation of this complexity nearly…”President Donald Trump summoned all 52 Republican senators to the White House yesterday afternoon to discuss how to proceed after party leaders failed to win over a small band of Republican holdouts.Passing the measure would hand Trump a legislative win as he seeks to shift attention after weeks of questions over Russia’s role in last year’s United States presidential election.Pence expressed uncertainty earlier Tuesday on whether the bill would make it to the floor.She and other Californians who rely on Medi-Cal are anxious, if not panicked, about health care legislation on Capitol Hill that would drastically change Medicaid and a health insurance industry still finding its footing after the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee who has the task of leading the arguments against the GOP bill, thinks senators will imperil their political futures if they buy McConnells arguments.The CBO report says under the bill that 22 million people fewer would have insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare, but the budget deficit would be reduced. About two dozen senators held foam posters decorated with large photos of constituents who had reported they would be hurt by Trumpcare.McConnell says the White House is “very anxious to help” and encouraged senators to go to the meeting.“Sen. McConnell is doing everything he can to persuade Senate Republicans that Trumpcare wont be devastating for the people they serve, but the facts are that Trumpcare is going to cause families to pay more, gut Medicaid, and take coverage away from millions of people, ” Murray said.Mr Trump has called the House bill “mean” and prodded senators to produce a package with more “heart”.”It’s hard for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill”, Senator Susan Collins, a Republican moderate, told reporters. Senate leaders could use some of those additional savings to attract moderate votes by making Medicaid and other provisions more generous, though conservatives would rather use that money to reduce red ink.McConnell said Trump has been “very involved” in helping along the Senate bill since it was revealed Thursday. No new senators immediately said they would back the legislation, and Sens.Over on the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan urged his members in a closed door session to give their Senate colleagues some space, according to a person in the room. Health care groups that have other items coming up on their agenda may be hesitant to burn bridges by antagonizing Republicans by being openly strident, several health care lobbyists said. His spokesman Conn Carroll said Tuesday that Lee would not vote for the crucial vote to commence debate on the bill “as it is now written”, a roll call that’s expected Wednesday.The Senate is scheduled to recess next week for July 4.For low-income people, explains the CBO report, “the premium for a silver plan would typically be a relatively high percent of income”, while the deductible for a bronze plan “would be a significantly higher percentage of income”.”Let’s come together, let’s reason together, let’s fix and improve that which is in the Affordable Care Act, and make it a (law) which serves everybody”, number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer said. “He is very, very good at getting things through the Senate even with this razor-thin majority”.The Kentucky Republican was hoping to staunch his party’s rebellion on Tuesday, a day after the Congressional Budget Office released its report.