GOP Senate health care bill teetering on edge of collapse

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

Sen. John McCain underwent surgery Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye, his office and the Mayo Clinic said Saturday, and his weeklong recovery could imperil the vote on the revised healthcare plan in the Senate. The index calculates the current rate paid to providers for serving Medicaid patients as 66% of the fee allowed for a Medicare beneficiary, which is 80% of the price charged by private insurers.

Republican governors don't like the Medicaid cuts, and some have been vocal. With almost 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. He said the bill had money states could use to mitigate those reductions that "could be a good thing", but said he needed more information. With 52 seats in the Senate, the GOP has little room for opposition within its own party.

So far, two GOP senators - Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky - have said they would oppose the revised legislation. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, said Thursday in a statement. Sen.

The best tactic in McConnell's arsenal may simply be to pressure the remaining hold outs on this side.

The biggest problem we see is if GOP leaders cave to the Trump administration's promise for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - without first providing a worthy replacement.

"We do not like it", a Lee aide said of including of the Obamacare taxes. Under the new BCRA, insurers can offer plans that do not comply with two major Obamacare regulations, which experts worry could undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions.

"The longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover it is not repeal", Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation". "There is a lot about the bill we do not like".

The latest version of the bill, emerging this week, would allow insurance companies to begin selling cheaper, stripped-down policies to healthy people at low cost.

McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative issues and nominations next week and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering.

According to a Republican strategist familiar with leadership, however, the thin margin does not mean McConnell should be counted out. And on Monday the group UltraViolet is holding demonstrations outside the offices of senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), two so-called moderates who are considered potential "no" votes.

"We continue to believe the Senate will narrowly pass a bill before the August break based on McConnell's prowess at cutting deals and the additional $230 billion in funds available to make changes to the bill to win over recalcitrant members", he said.

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