McCain's surgery delays Senate vote on healthcare bill

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

McConnell delayed a vote scheduled for the week before the Fourth of July.

But the immediate outcry illustrated the hard political terrain that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must navigate.

Anthony Wright, executive director at Health Access California, said because California runs its own health care insurance exchange, it is able to invest and conduct its own marketing and enrollment programs.

"If we're not successful now, I assume we'll keep trying", Cornyn said of an upcoming vote. At the same time, he seeks to placate hesitant moderates by adding billions to combat opioid abuse and help consumers with skyrocketing insurance costs.

Earlier this week, the Indiana Association of Public Schools, the Indiana Rural Schools Association and several school districts wrote Senate leaders saying 140 school districts in the state received $12 million in Medicaid funding previous year.

"This bill would make sweeping and deep cuts to the Medicaid program, which has been a safety net program on the books for more than 50 years, ensuring that some of our most vulnerable citizens, our disabled children, our low-income seniors receive the health care that they need", Ms. Collins said on ABC's "This Week".

The skimpier plans would cover less and presumably cost less, and insurers said they would also attract healthier people.

That means McConnell can not lose any other Republican senators.

With opposition coming from all Democrats and independents in the Senate, the GOP (nickname of the Republican party) bill has been on a brink as some Republicans stay undecided.

The showdown vote is set for next week, though McConnell could cancel again if he's short of support.

With Republicans holding only a two-vote Senate majority, McConnell needs revisions to win support from several conservatives and moderates who opposed the original draft of the bill unveiled two weeks ago. Roy Blunt of Missouri. Affordability was one of the promises from the Obama administration, Lee said, and skyrocketing premiums around the country are evidence of the program's failure.

"This is our chance to bring about changes we've been talking about since Obamacare was forced on the American people", he said.

The White House is wishing Sen.

When Congress convened in January, Republicans appeared to be on course to repeal the Affordable Care Act within a month or two, but their project met with growing resistance as lawmakers, consumers, doctors, hospitals and insurance companies scrutinized the proposals. Jim DeMint, former president of the Heritage Foundation, as he passed through the Capitol. The ACA's Medicaid expansion program has increased the number of Medicaid enrollees across the country by nearly a third and is the main driver of Medicaid's dramatic increase in spending.

The new Senate bill incorporates the core of a proposal from Sen.

But some analysts say McConnell risks undermining workplace coverage.

And a proposed amendment by conservative Texas Sen. "Many people would wind up paying more out-of-pocket for less coverage". It also retains the earlier bill's restructuring of Medicaid financing. For instance, the bill would still change Medicaid from an entitlement with no budget limitation to specific payments made to states.

The revised Senate bill also continues to cut tax subsidies that have helped to lower the monthly insurance premiums for the overwhelming majority of the 1.4 million subsidized enrollees in Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace established under "Obamacare". This reform should give as much flexibility as possible to patients, families, and states. The bill also keeps a 0.9 percent Medicare tax on those high-income earners.

And the legislation has a provision that appears to benefit only one state, Alaska, by setting aside some federal assistance for states with extremely high premiums. It could gain almost $2 billion over a decade, one analyst said.

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