Health care bill shouldn't be a secret -- Janice Antoniewicz-Werner

Claudine Rigal
Juin 22, 2017

Appearing on CNN's "New Day" with Chris Cuomo Wednesday morning, Republican Senator Ron Johnson appeared to indicate that he may not support the Senate's health care bill if a vote is held next week. McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion dr".

"I think the transparency issue has been somewhat overblown", he said. Some 7 million people who now get coverage through their employer will lose it, he said. "Conservatives who are in the know are going to know that this isn't repeal". But fear not. "Aides stress that the GOP plan is likely to undergo more changes in order to garner the 50 votes Republicans need to pass it", the Post reports.

Tuesday afternoon Republican Sen. "I share it wholeheartedly".

"It has become increasingly apparent over the past few days that even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing this bill within this working group, it's not being written by us", he said in a Facebook video.

How unfortunate to see Senate Republican leaders borrow those bulldozing tactics, with no committee hearings and unreasonably short timelines. And conservatives both on and off the Hill warn that they won't support any bill that doesn't lower premiums.

Some Senate Republicans have played up the idea that their plan will differ significantly from the House bill that was projected to lead to 23 million fewer Americans having health insurance and an $830 billion cut to Medicaid. But Senator John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership, said on Tuesday the phase-out in the bill might just be three years. While supporters say it's not aimed at abortion, opponents including the American Civil Liberties Union say it would erode a woman's autonomy and open the door to fetal personhood.

An analysis of five major newspapers - Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post - showed that though newspapers did provide more in-depth coverage than television news, those papers nearly completely ignored the issue on the front page. It is a constitutional issue that we'll address in a positive way, ' he was quoted saying by Reuters.

Mario Schlosser is CEO of Oscar, the insurance startup that's betting hard on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In a move that is likely to please conservatives, the draft also proposes repealing all of the ACA taxes except for its so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health plans in language similar to the House version. Another would rush one massive spending bill for fiscal 2018 through the House in July, instead of the dozen separate appropriations bills that Congress tries to write every year. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, defended the process and said the criticism is "overblown". "We have articulated some of the have-tos and nice to haves on multiple occasions with a variety of senators".

While no Republican senator has yet come out opposed the bill, McConnell has only a two-vote margin of error with many senators voicing problems with the legislation. "It's just the parts that deal with the budget". It's also one that should deeply involve those on the front lines of patient care - America's world-class hospitals and medical providers.

Medicaid advocates worry particularly that a fixed growth rate does not account for this varying pattern of health expenditures, which might shoot up in a year where there's an epidemic or an important new treatment.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that enrollment in Medicaid would decline substantially over a decade, as states pursued a variety of strategies to save money, some of which would push people out of the program.

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