Senate GOP health bill reportedly would roll back ObamaCare taxes, penalties

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 22, 2017

Republicans are using budget reconciliation rules to pass the ObamaCare repeal bill in order to prevent Democrats from filibustering it.

"It would not be in the direct sense that it was proposed in the House, but I think there are ways to address the concerns of members including my own", Tillis said.

The Republican leader can spare only two GOP votes from his slim 52-seat majority for passage, presuming Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote.

Politico reported that as of Wednesday night, the Senate measure includes a drastic change to Medicaid, the massive health care program for the poor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pauses as he speaks following a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Sen.

Republicans respond that the bill will be open to amendment on the floor and that health-care policy has been the subject of public debate for years now, obviating the need for legislative transparency.

Republican senators voiced concern on Wednesday about a plan to overhaul the USA healthcare system, fearing a rush to consider the major legislation as their party's leaders prepare to unveil it.

Senate Republicans have not revealed details of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but that didn't stop a group of protesters from gathering on Wednesday at Sen.

Once the plan is unveiled, Senate Republicans will face a skeptical public that thinks the House version would be harmful for low-income Americans and people with pre-existing health conditions, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. He said the health care plan his party would craft would be awesome and so much better than Obamacare. "And if not, we have more work to do".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected to have a draft of the bill ready Thursday. But Republicans from states that expanded Medicaid, like Ohio's Rob Portman, want to extend that to seven years.

House Republicans have also lost the backing of most independents voters, who were split on the bill in April with 36 percent supporting it and the same percentage opposing it.

Asked by Bloomberg if he had seen the Senate version of the bill, Mr McCain responded, "No, nor have I met any American that has". And another conservative, Sen. While campaigning, Donald Trump promised that the GOP replacement for the ACA would cover everyone and that he would make no cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security. She said an analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected Monday, would be "extremely important to me because I want to know the impact on coverage and on cost". Paul said he won't know how he will vote until the bill is released to legislators later this week.

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