Trump threatens to end insurance company payments unless `Obamacare´ goes

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

"I'm for helping the poor, always have been". "And I don't know that anyone else I talked to does".

Republicans now face a huge political dilemma. The issue has dominated the opening months of his presidency.

Substantively, it leaves much work undone. They joined all Democrats to reject the amendment, which would have repealed a mandate that most individuals get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that large companies provide coverage to their employees. But many Republicans have little appetite for entering negotiations on the issue with Democrats.

McCain, whose support for the legislation was in question right until the vote, said in a statement he ultimately voted "no" because he didn't believe "skinny" repeal was an improvement. Ted Cruz before leaving the Capitol for a trip home to Texas.

As McCain said before voting to proceed (and later supporting the repeal-and-replace bill): "We've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it's better than nothing, asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition". "Not only do you have the normal impediments to legislative change, but you've got additional impediments created in the White House that, frankly, hamper the president's ability to lead".

But they couldn't get 50 votes to do that last week.

Just hours before the announcement was made, McCain's colleagues expressed doubts that he'd be in the chamber in time for the vote.

The contentious debate has left Republicans in an uncomfortable position where the only legislation they can pass is a bill most senators oppose. Roy Blunt of Missouri, another member of the GOP leadership. John McCain (R-AR), along with Sen.

Obama also spoke out on Facebook after Senate Republicans released their health care bill in late June. These subsidies help low-income consumers in the insurance marketplaces to shoulder out-of-pocket costs like co-payments for prescription drugs and doctor visits.

"If the president refuses to make the cost sharing reduction payments, every expert agrees that premiums will go up and health care will be more expensive for millions of Americans", Schumer said Saturday in a written statement. "That would have a lot of support".

The Health Care Freedom Act failed 49-51.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the bill failed early on Friday that he would move to other legislative business in the upcoming week. "I don't think that's going to work in the end, and it probably shouldn't".

The verdict about the effectiveness of the Trump Administration's effort to actively undermine the ACA is still out.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., was critical of Trump, saying, "He never really laid out core principles and didn't sell them to the American people".

President Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval of McCain's "no'" vote, as well as those of fellow GOP Sens. They also collect subsidies from the government if they use the district's exchange.

At the first Democratic, media and left-wing artillery barrage saying the Senate proposal represented "tax cuts for the rich" and will kill thousands, these "Democrat-lites" turned tail, running for liberal cover. They are laughing at R's.

With the USA legislative branch spinning its wheels, the executive branch pledged to look at rewriting Obamacare regulations. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen.

King accused Murkowski of waging a successful write-in reelection campaign in 2010 that "was essentially a revolt against GOP primary voters". They have to choose between answering the siren call from the base and returning to the heavy if not impossible lift of remaking the nation's health care system - or working with party moderates and Democrats on shoring up insurance markets in danger of cratering in some states.

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