by Countable | 4.4.17
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House Republicans still don’t have a deal to revive their health care bill, but the White House is laying the groundwork for negotiations to move quickly, meeting individually Monday with moderates and conservatives to discuss a possible agreement.
But it’s an open question whether the votes would be there for this yet-to-be-written version of the bill. Republicans have no timeline on a vote, though the White House seems to prefer passing the bill as soon as possible, potentially even this week so that Republicans don’t have a chance to go home for a scheduled recess next week and be dissuaded by constituents.
Read more at Huffington Post.
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Marc Short, President Donald Trump's Capitol Hill liaison, huddled with moderate and conservative Democrats Monday evening in the first major White House outreach to members of the House minority.
Short met with Blue Dog Democrats, a moderate wing of the caucus whose membership has dwindled in recent years. A person with knowledge of the meeting said discussion mostly focused on tax reform and infrastructure, while some Democrats also complained about Obamacare's impact in their district.
Read more at Politico.
President Trump's administration is exploring the creation of two controversial new taxes — a value-added tax and a carbon tax — as part of a broad overhaul of the tax code, according to an administration official and one other person briefed on the process.
The decision to explore these ideas reflects how the White House is willing to adjust its approach because they want to attract more political support from lawmakers in both parties who have said they are willing to negotiate. White House officials took a more hard-line approach when they pushed for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the effort quickly stalled in Congress.
Read more at The Washington Post.
After failing to pass health care legislation, the Trump administration said it would take control of the next legislative initiative, a tax overhaul. "Obviously, we’re driving the train on this," said Sean Spicer, the president’s spokesman.
But two and a half months after taking office, President Trump does not appear to have the personnel in place to get an overhaul of the tax code out of the station.
Besides Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, none of the 27 other political appointees who staff the department’s leadership have been confirmed, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s nomination tracker. Mr. Trump has announced only six other Treasury appointees and has yet to name anyone as assistant secretary of tax policy — a critical post for spearheading a rewrite of the tax code. Many important deputy under secretary roles also remain unfilled.
Read more at the New York Times.
The Senate Banking Committee voted 15-8 Tuesday to confirm Wall Street attorney Jay Clayton to serve as the next chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
[Sen. Mike] Crapo anticipated a full Senate vote to confirm Clayton by the end of April. Three Democrats voted in favor of Clayton’s nomination: Jon Tester of Montana, Mark Warner of Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
Read more at ThinkAdvisor.
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I would very much like to see us move forward with Single-Payer healthcare. We need to take the insurance industry out of the equation, our health should never rest on a companies bottom line. Americans would gladly pay an increased tax if they could be guaranteed healthcare as a right and they would be paying less and getting more for their money than they do now. Medicare is not a perfect system and it needs to be modified but it has been successful at containing costs and maintaining a standard level of quality care for over 3 decades. This is not a game and while we take baby steps people are suffering and dying. You all seem to be out of touch with what our citizens are going through. All of you have the best healthcare that can be provided, perhaps you should have to participate in any republican health plan introduced, the insurance companies need to be removed because they are causing people to die. My own mother died sooner than she had to because her doctor ordered tests were denied by her insurance company. Who gets to choose who lives or dies, who has a "right " to health and who doesn't? How is the decision made ? Is it made according to race? Religion? Class? Economic status? Perhaps if our legislators had to rely on social security for their retirement they would be less inclined to destroy this necessary program that is entirely paid for by our tax dollars. I have to be honest, when I leave a job my employer doesn't continue to pay me a salary, but this happens in our government. Why not work on eliminating those costs rather than preying upon the frailest among us. 80%of our senior citizens and disabled Americans live at or slightly above the poverty level. This is a disgrace. The middle class is the driving force in our economy, when people are healthy they are productive. When they are productive our economy thrives. Please consider this needed healthcare system.
Please stay mindful of the republican attempt to resurrect their awful and unethical health care bill and let them know that they can't sacrifice the working and middle class for the uber-wealthy. Keep up the good fight!
Don't sell out the people that are dependent on the ACA for their healthcare. Election Day gets closer every day and we are still watching.
I have ~40 years experience in health insurance. The concept of sharing risk is critical to the very concept of insurance. The "age tax" is the opposite of "community rating"; it should be a non-starter in any discussion of healthcare reform. I mean by this, don't support any bill that permits an age tax, allows states to opt out of community rating.
I live in Oklahoma and have for 33 of my 35 years. Repealing the ACA would directly hurt my family. Both my husband and I have pre-existing conditions (he has diabetes, I had a brain tumor once), so getting rid of that provision would mean we have no way to get insurance. We lived that way for about 12 of his years as a minister and it is scary. What really worries me is the removal of mental health parity. Mental health should be treated just like any other medical problem - when it isn't care and medication become more expensive and sometimes impossible to get. I require ongoing mental health treatment, and so does my 10 year old son, who is on the autism spectrum. The Republican plan increases premiums on younger people and elderly citizens who are low income, guts Medicaid with $880 Billion in cuts over 10 years. I know that Republicans have been saying that the things I'm concerned about won't be affected, but given the huge cuts the plan contains I see no way they can be funded. If single -payer coverage is still just a dream then please, please consider working within the framework of the ACA to correct its problems. Encourage Gov. Fallin and the state legislature to accept the Medicaid expansion and expand the risk pool so more companies will come to OK, or work on legislation to allow insurance to be purchased across state lines. Get tough on pharmaceutical companies and regulate the prices they can charge; the cash price for one of my medicines is over $550 at a chain pharmacy and $14.32 at a small local pharmacy we use. Lowering the cost of prescriptions could drastically improve people's lives and would reduce insurance companies' costs.
Vote no on any republican healthcare bill. They do not want to help the poor or middle class Americans. They want to decrease the taxes for the rich and to fill the pockets of the greedy insurance companies.
Accept nothing but better than the current Affordable Care Act!!!!
Keep ACA impeach this entire corrupt Russian puppet administration and hold the republican congress in contempt! They have endangered The NSC and the security of our Nation.
I'm watching the news and NOT liking what I'm hearing about health care coverage! Eliminating coverage for people with pre-existing conditions???? Outrageous!!! When will you stop playing with people's lives???? We're not statistics! We're not actuarial figures! We are people---the very people who put every one of you in office! Does anyone in Washington care about the public they serve?
The ACA needs amending but it was worked on for over a year by. It's parties and debated on the floor of. Org houses during the day with cameras running so we the people could hear it. Unlike the republican replacement written in the dark in two weeks and kept secret till two minutes before the vote. No one knew what was in it. And when we found out it turned out it threw 14 million people off health care immediately and 10 million more over 10 years and basically only funded insurance and pharmaceutical companies to the tune of $900 billion. It wasn't a health care bill. It was a corporate get rich quick bill. Fix the ACA or go with Bernies single payer bill like the rest of the world. You hate it because it doesn't make your dark money benefactors rich. Tough shit. This is about we the people - the ones you REALLY work for who pay your salary, retirement and health care. Screw us over at your peril.
The people want universal healthcare.
The healthcare bill presented by the GOP is a joke either present a bill for the people not the rich if it's not bipartisan then in 4 years it will be the same story all over again it's time for a single payer system
If you vote for policy that hurts people's healthcare, Medicare or.Social Security, prepare to lose your seat!
Profits over lives. Disgusting and inhumane.
This is not a health care bill it is a death sentence for Americans
No to any GOP proposal that takes away essential health benefits to Americans. Healthcare is a right, government has a role in delivering that right, get used to it!
We need a single payer system for health care. No one should be dying for lack of health care! If you want to repeal Obamacare, then repeal it, but replace it with something better, something that ensures healthcare for ALL. Oh and get the profit out of health insurance! Health insurance was never designed to bring people profit, that wasn't the point of it and that is where our system goes wrong! Trump, do something truly great and provide healthcare to all!!
Stop this political grandstanding. Preserve the parts of the ACA that work and repair those that do not. Or go to a single payer system. Rump promised health care for everyone when he campaigned.
This bill is even worse than the last! Time for single payer health coverage !
Leave the ACA as is! Don't need tax breaks for multi millionaires.