Senate Republicans Work To Gather Votes To Pass Health Care Bill

Four conservative Republican senators quickly announced initial opposition to the bill and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. Like the House bill, it would repeal virtually all the tax increases imposed by the Affordable Care Act to pay for the program itself. A similar bill passed by the House has been panned by voters on both sides of the aisle, with polls showing about 8 in 10 people oppose the broad outlines of the G.O.P. plan.”This is not a huge surprise”, said Young, whose research and teaching interests focus on health law and healthcare management.”We’ll probably have to wait and see what the CBO comes up with their score and how numerous now insured people will be able to maintain their coverage”.The bill also seems unlikely to stabilize insurance markets, even though their current instability is one of the main Republican talking points for passing it.”It’s hard in our rural communities just to even get some of our health care providers there, and then geographically, they’re challenged”, Cortez Masto, D-Nevada said. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. “I think there will be a lot of agreement on it, there will be some questions because it is a very hard thing with a lot of moving pieces”. “And I think the Senate wanted it that way”.The White House has yet to speak out against or in favor of the Senate AHCA bill. Then, if he sticks to his timetable, Sen.Around 60 protesters had gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office for a “die-in” demonstration against the federal cuts to healthcare. If it passes, it moves back to the House, where it can either be voted on as is, or a conference committee would be used to resolve differences. McConnell stitched it together behind closed doors, potentially moving President Donald Trump and the GOP toward achieving perhaps their fondest goal – repealing Obama’s 2010 statute, his proudest domestic legacy.According to the experts, it wouldn’t be surprising if the bill were to fail.The biggest single obstacle is that the bill would greatly reduce Obama’s Medicaid expansion, which the right sees as out of control but the left fears would leave millions without coverage. And McConnell is having trouble getting enough Republican votes. “You need to reach a consensus or the ACA will stay in place”.Release of the 142-page proposal ended the long wait for one of the most closely guarded bills in years.The Better Care Reconciliation Act eliminates the individual mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance. “Not only will the bill ration health care for millions of Americans, it is a massive giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of our kids”. Almost 70 percent of America’s elderly – most of whom worked hard to support families and pay taxes all their lives – can afford to live in nursing homes because of Medicaid.