Stabenow Speaks Out Against GOP's Latest Health Care Bill

Sen. Ron Johnson

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday that she has extreme reservations about the Senate health-care bill.

"That's not true, and that is not fair". President Donald Trump is waiting, eager to deliver on a campaign promise to repeal the law.

Trump bemoaned the lack of help from Democrats on health care. For one thing, the Senate bill is created to buy a skimpier plan than the Affordable Care Act's credit scheme does ― specifically, a plan that pays only 58 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (roughly equivalent to a "bronze" plan in today's system) rather than one that pays 70 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (a "silver" plan in today's system).

The House bill would change Medicaid in two main ways.

Ron Johnson is one of the five GOP senators who have publicly declared they won't vote for the American Health Care Act as it's now written.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", Collins said in an interview with ABC's This Week. I'm guessing there must be some enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in this bill that Republicans don't want the public to have time to ponder over.

"We've a very good plan, " Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

As Trump and Obama joust over the fate of the bill, the current president disputed the notion of his Fox News interviewer that his predecessor is "leading the resistance" to his administration. In a Facebook post, the president warned that "this bill will do you harm". So, for example, I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want.

Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. It's beyond belief that a major political party would try to ram through legislation that fixes nothing, hurts so many and benefits so few.

"Right now there are 2.6 million uninsured poor adults in states that haven't expanded Medicaid". "But we won't get one Democratic vote - not one". "I think this really undermines any efforts that we might have in trying to curb the opioid epidemic". He said states should be free to abandon Obamacare and adopt their own models of health care.

"I would like to delay", said Sen.

What would he tell Conway if he were to meet with her? They are willing to let poor people die so rich people pay less taxes.

Joining Paul and Johnson in already announcing opposition are Sens.

"It's not that they're opposed", he said. When they did get around to talking about health care, they spent more time reviewing their complaints about Obamacare than discussing the new bill.

On Fox News, the first rule of the Senate health care bill is not to talk about it: Vox's Jeff Guo writes: According to the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of Trump voters named Fox News as their primary source of information about current events.

"Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf slammed the bill: "#BCRA makes care worse for everyone".

The American Childhood Cancer Organization, a charitable group formed by parents, is mobilizing a small army of grass-roots lobbyists with the message that the Senate Republican bill, with its deep cuts in Medicaid, "will threaten the lives of children battling cancer".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks on to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017, following a meeting with Senate Republicans on a health reform bill.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday she has extreme reservations about the U.S. Senate's healthcare overhaul and does not think it will be able to pass this week.

States would also be allowed - not required - to impose work requirements for Medicaid, although those requirements would not apply to pregnant women, the elderly or the disabled.

In the years since Obamacare's passage in 2010, the number of American children without insurance has sunk rapidly.



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