Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Trump, Ryan should not smile about health care legislation

Francis Olson | 12 May, 2017, 10:33

"As hospitals we have a mission to treat people regardless of whether they can pay", Lynam said. "I have insurance through my work, but I don't know how Trumpcare would affect it".

Members of a working group appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met privately and said their discussions centered on Medicaid, the health care program for poor and disabled people. "Nobody's being excluded based on gender".

" We can not take away all of the sources of funding for the [Affordable Care Act] and expect to be able to come up with a bill that's going to provide the kind of coverage that we would like to see", Collins told reporters.

Even some House Republicans acknowledged that their product didn't keep all the promises they've made. "The panel has apparently been meeting for some time, and I'm not a member of it". Congress should take common sense steps - like allowing Medicare to negotiate the best price for prescription drugs on behalf of our seniors - that will make a real difference.

Sen. Joe Manchin believes the bill has major issues and will likely move slowly through the U.S. Senate. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday. But the new healthcare bill would cut federal funding for expansion patients. Her state is among the 31 that has accepted additional money to expand Medicaid under Obama's law.

If the criticism was any sign of what lies ahead as senators try to improve on a rollback bill passed on Thursday by House of Representatives Republicans, it could be a long road ahead.

Although recent changes may have helped the bill make it through the House chamber, Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy said they appear to have had little effect on public opinion.

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An analysis by the CBO of a previous GOP bill that failed to win enough House support showed that some 24 million more people would have ended up without insurance.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, also faced tough questions as to why someone like Collins - who has been publicly involved in the health care debate - wasn't included in the working group.

Facing solid Democratic opposition and controlling the Senate 52-46, Republicans can lose only two GOP senators' votes but prevail with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.

Despite low support for the legislation, the House-passed version enjoyed slightly more approval than a previous iteration that was pulled from a scheduled vote in late March.

Trying to get past the controversy over the absence of women on the healthcare panel, Senate Republicans said they expected to devote much time to healthcare in the near future.

"Let's face it", said Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Finance Committee: "The House bill isn't going to pass over here".

"Significantly, those with pre-existing conditions are guaranteed protection in the American Health Care Act", Cole said.

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