Trumpcare Will Bring Chaos to Health Care Market

Evrard Martin
Juin 26, 2017

Senate Republicans skeptical about a GOP health overhaul bill are expressing some doubt about holding a vote on the measure this week.

In his budget request to Congress, Trump said he wanted to "cap federal funding for the Medicaid program", and the House and Senate bills would do just that, converting Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement program to a system of per-capita payments for beneficiaries.

U.S. President Donald Trump is making a final push to fulfil a key campaign promise, insisting that Republicans are not "that far off" and signalling that last-minute changes are coming to win votes.

Schumer said Senate passage of the bill to replace former president Barack Obama's health law is too close to call.

Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

In a broadcast interview, Trump did not indicate what types of changes to the Senate bill may be in store, but affirmed that he had described a House-passed bill as "mean". "You got folks with a health coverage card but no care because you can't afford deductibles", Price said.

The US Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month. "All they do is delay and complain.They own ObamaCare!"

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins said. American employers, which provide health coverage to more than 150 million workers and their families, could see their costs rise as hospitals and physicians try to make up for losses they incur caring for more uninsured patients....It also will probably hit employees, who will see insurance premiums increase and wages stagnate as businesses shift healthcare costs onto workers, as has happened repeatedly in the past.

Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators.

Johnson was one of four senators who said Thursday, hours after the plan became public, that they were "not ready to vote for this bill".

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday.

The Atlantic explained that the Senate bill "created a backdoor way" to allow insurers "to discriminate against a pre-existing condition" by allowing states to "easily waive the requirement to cover Essential Health Benefits", which exists under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader", Collins said. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare".

Republicans have been saying for seven years that they want to repeal Obamacare, so I can hardly pretend to be surprised that they're doing it after winning the 2016 election. Famous last words, right?

Johnson has been among several GOP senators who say the vote should not occur this week.

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

Trump has endorsed the bill, and Democrats say they will take every opportunity to link the legislation to an unpopular president.

Schumer said Democrats have made clear they would be willing to work with Republicans to pass a Senate bill if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

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