Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

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

GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others
Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 08:02

But the Senate bill is a cut, and industries - even sub-sectors of industries - are affected in different ways. It's expected the bill will be altered and get a new score from the Congressional Budget Office before it comes back up.

But Trump turned around and branded the House bill "mean", and wanted a Senate bill with more "heart".

It also highlights the fractures within the party over how to improve the health care system while not cutting millions of Americans out of insurance coverage. “No matter what tweaks they may add in the next week and a half, no matter how the bill changes around the edges, it is fundamentally flawed at the center, ” he said.

"We know where some of the problems are with the Affordable Care Act and how we can try to get that done in a bipartisan way". Having more healthy people in the pool of insured helps keep premium costs down, and the CBO report does expect that the waiting period would "slightly increase" the number of people with insurance. About two dozen senators held foam posters decorated with large photos of constituents who had reported they would be hurt by Trumpcare.

After meeting with President Donald Trump and other administration officials with fellow Republican senators at the White House, Hoeven elaborated on his position Tuesday in an interview.

"I would not bet against Mitch McConnell", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday morning when asked about the bill's fate - but before news broke of McConnell's announcement that he was pushing the vote back.

Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote
Democrats said they're planning to keep up the fight against the Republican legislation. Dean Heller to continue to oppose the current GOP health care bill.

GOP defections increased after the Congressional Budget Office said Monday the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than Obama's 2010 statute. "This is - this is not -this is not for Republicans to fix or Democrats to fix".

In one illustration, an outside political group run by Trump allies has run ads against Heller and threatens more against other GOP senators opposed to the bill. The others rely on Medicaid, purchase insurance on state or federal exchanges, have employer-provided insurance or have no coverage at all. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said the Senate bill is "just as bad" as the bill the House passed in early May. We're talking about average American working people, they're talking about multi-billionaires, that's why they're in such trouble. because their bill is aimed at helping the very wealthy, whereas, we are trying to help American families. He has called the bill "Obamacare Lite" and is seeking a fuller rollback of the ACA. The "silver" plan in the exchanges is now the benchmark plan, and it pays an average of about 70 percent of covered benefits.

One frequent critic of Trump, Sen. Nevada also has a disproportionate share of older residents under age 65 - when Medicare kicks in - who would likely face higher premiums because the GOP bill gives insurance companies greater latitude to charge older customers more.

The news followed a bustling morning in the Capitol, where Republican leaders, along with Pence, were meeting behind closed doors with the bill's opponents, as a number of senators came out against voting for a procedural step to advance their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. I think their coverage numbers - there's more to the story than the number implies. "It is important that we have a referee".

Aides were also seen scurrying around in the Capitol trying to buttonhole members and their key staff about where things now stand, with the idea being to have a menu of options ready for the Senate Republicans' weekly Tuesday lunch, where McConnell ultimately announced his decision to delay. The report found that 15 million fewer Americans would be insured by 2018 alone if the legislation were implemented in 2017, according to The Hill.

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