Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Trump insists he's engaged with health care bill

Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote Pro-Trump PAC pulls attack ad against GOP senator who opposes Senate health bill
Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 23:45

The bills are roundly opposed by Democrats, but Tuesday saw major cracks in the Republican Party's support, at times invoking arguments often made by Democrats that the bill would help the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. "I do not believe that Ronald Reagan would have supported this health care bill", Heller said. How can you vote for a bill that only one in three Republicans approve of?

"This will be great if we get it done, and if we don't get it done it's just going to be something that we're not going to like, and that's OK and I understand that very well", he told the senators, who surrounded him at tables arranged in a giant square in the East Room. This is very definitely not how USA senators like to be viewed, but Trump is too stupid to understand this. Fashioning a compromise that satisfies both the party's conservatives and moderates is just extremely hard.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson says he's "pleased Senate leadership has agreed to give us more time to analyze the health care bill".

He said about 50 Republican senators met with President Donald Trump to discuss the subject, and that "one thing I would say is everybody. was interested in getting to yes, interested in getting an outcome because we know the status quo is simply unacceptable, unsustainable and no action is not an option".

With at least nine Republicans publicly opposing the bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), party leaders said they would delay a vote until after the Independence Day recess.

McConnell promised to revisit the legislation after Congress' July 4 recess.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski had similar concerns to Collins'.

Mr McConnell vowed to continue to try to find the votes, and would make changes to the bill if necessary.

"If you say, well, CBO numbers don't matter, let's look at the numbers that you don't think matter".

Go to regular order, have committee hearings, allow amendments and go back to the idea that you need 60 votes, a bipartisan majority to pass a bill.

They will then send it to be analysed by the non-partisan Congressional Budgetary Office (CBO), which has said the bill in its present form would strip 22 million Americans of health insurance over the next 10 years. GOP support for their own plan is underwhelming, however.

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said negotiators were struggling with how to resolve conflicts between the states that have expanded the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled, and those that have not.

Pence will host Lee and other conservative Republican senators at a dinner later on Tuesday, Politico reported, with James Lankford, Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse also invited.

But the serious negotiating has yet to begin. Heller himself raised the issue in the Tuesday White House meeting, Sen.

"It could be good, and it could be bad", Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, among the group of conservatives agitating to push the bill further rightward by cutting further from Medicaid, told reporters about the delay.

In 2009, the noted Republican strategist Frank Luntz wrote a memo to GOP members of Congress, advising them on how to resist the Democrats' healthcare reform bill that would go on to become Obamacare.

Homecare worker Priscilla Smith is making her voice heard through We Dream in Black, a program of the National Domestic Workers Alliance that focuses on improving conditions for African American domestic workers.

Now, the hard work continues.

According to Yahoo News, White House counsel Kellyanne Conway refuted the claims that the Senate bill would cut health insurance.

"We can't do all that in 48 hours", said Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

The pro-Trump group America First Policies pulled critical television advertisements of a fellow Republican after facing public and private backlash on Tuesday evening. Of the 22 million people losing health coverage, 15 million would be Medicaid recipients.

Thune said the Senate approach to regulating the individual market will "bring affordability to people suffering under the curse of high premiums, high deductibles and high out-of-pocket costs".

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