Not 'that far off' from passing health overhaul

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

Young adults: The Senate plan, like the House bill, would give insurers greater flexibility to charge younger enrollees much lower premiums and to offer skinnier plans in states that opt out of ACA's essential health benefit requirements.

Trump will lead the effort to try to convince reluctant Republicans to support the bill. It doesn't even significantly reform American healthcare.

McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two GOP senators and still pass the bill - and that would necessitate a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence.

President Donald Trump pressured the handful of Republican senators who may be planning to vote against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to overhaul Obamacare, days before the Senate is likely to begin debate on the measure.

Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid.

Separate reports released Friday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank in Washington, highlighted numerous same areas of concern in the Senate bill for states. In the more than 30 states that opted to expand Medicaid under the ACA, eligibility for coverage became based exclusively on income, expanding eligibility to all Americans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Instead of the per-person capita, states could also opt to receive Medicaid in block grants, or a set amount of annual spending that would also increase at the CPI-U rate. And I don't mean to exaggerate, but in the main, it's very hard to be supportive of something that takes health insurance away from 20 million or so Americans.

The House bill, flawed in so many respects, at least made an effort on this front, since its flat subsidy was available to the people now getting hosed by Obamacare prices. And Senate Republicans say their plan attempts only to slow the growth of Medicaid, not de-fund it. "Until I have the information where I am certain this is ... in the best interest for the folks in Wisconsin - that this puts us in a better position tomorrow than we are today - I'm not going to be voting yes". If the gambit is successful, the details of the Senate bill may ultimately see little public debate. The problem we don't have is how to help 27-year-olds get cheaper insurance.

The conservative quartet said they oppose the initial version, which will be subject to a slew of amendments during floor proceedings, for "a variety of reasons" but declared themselves "open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor".

The health care bill could underscore the perils of the president's poor job approval ratings, which have hovered around 40 percent this year. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who has not suggested she opposes the measure, declined to comment on its components when asked at a news conference Friday. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Collins discussed the release of a report that says that less than one percent of the 4,000-mile U.S. But at least five GOP senators have declared they will vote against the bill in its current form. Sen. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.

So Sen. Marco Rubio is hedging on the finally unveiled Senate health-care bill, saying he first needs to huddle with state Republican leaders. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders.

Johnson is one of four conservative Republican senators - along with Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.