by Countable | 6.27.17
In a surprising turn of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has decided to delay a vote on President Donald Trump’s number one legislative priority: A sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system.
The opposition to barreling forward started on Monday when the Congressional Budget Office released its score of the bill that found more than 22 million Americans would lose health insurance under the GOP bill, which would also reduce deficit spending by $321 billion. But McConnell and members of his caucus are still negotiating the bill and hope to hold a vote on it after senators return from their Fourth of July recess.
"We’re continuing to talk about it – it’s a very complicated subject," McConnell told reporters after a closed door meeting with his Republican colleagues, which included Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “I remember how challenging it was for Democrats when they were enacting this back in 2009 and 2010. It’s a big complicated subject – a lot of discussions going on and a lot to listen to.”
Many rank and file Republicans are glad the leader delayed the vote, because several were planning to vote against proceeding to floor debate on the bill even though they support repealing Obamacare. Some Republicans were upset the bill was crafted in secret with little genuine input from lawmakers, while others, like Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) were demanding the bill fund Planned Parenthood. "I think that was an important step. I certainly wasn’t ready," Murkowski told reporters at the Capitol after the vote was delayed.
Still other Republicans want the bill to include more funding for the nation’s opioid crisis and other are jockeying for perks to boost their local insurance markets. But the topic is complex and is proving more difficult than the campaign slogans the GOP has run on for the past seven years.
"There’s a lot of work to be done," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says. “There’s not one insurance marketplace – there’s 50 and so every state has different needs and different concerns.” Still, GOP leaders say they aren’t giving up.
"We’re committed to get this done," Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) said after the closed door meeting. “When you’re limited with reconciliation, there are some things that we all agree on that ought to be in a bill that you can’t get in under the rules of reconciliation, so there are a lot of things that I would recommend to strengthen this that aren’t reconcilable.”
President Trump is trying to rally rank and file lawmakers behind the effort by inviting every Republican senator to the White House today for a discussion about the bill that touches one-sixth of the American economy. "It’s a conversation and we haven’t finished our conversation," Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) tells Countable.
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While relieved that the vote On the healthcare care has been delayed, I am committed to continuing to voice opposition and to call for what the Democratic senators at today's press conference proposed: a bipartisan effort to reform the current healthcare law without conceding any tax breaks for the wealthy.
The Senate Health Care bill is basically the same as the House bill. It's a massive tax cut for the wealthy disguised as a health care bill. That massive tax cut is paid for by cutting health care options for the poorest Americans through devastating Medicaid cuts, removal of coverage for essential health benefits, and gutting protections for women and seniors. The only group this bill is good for is wealthy Americans. Stand up for what is right. Do your job and make real substantive improvements to the Affordable Care Act. Though not perfect, the ACA is a solid foundation which has benefitted millions of Americans. Let's make it better through a bipartisan, transparent process. No more closed door secret sessions with lobbyists. The process matters.
Protect us and vote no for this bill. Healthcare for all, not tax cuts for Trump's friends. My dad has worked since he was a young boy, slipped on ice at work when he was 63 and has been disabled ever since. He gets the care he needs because of Medicaid. My mom is a retired school teacher, with what this bill would call a "pre- existing condition"... she has served her whole life caring for others...stripping her of her insurance would be a horrible way to thank her for contributing to humanity and our country's economy. This bill is absolutely ridiculous. Give us a plan that is better than the former ACA "obamacare" or leave it alone.
What you all need to stop doing is planning health care needs for women without any females present. You also need to tell #45 to quit saying that the Dems don't want to help...REALLY? You all went behind closed doors without any invitations to the other side.
Let's take this extra time to make this a more partisan effort. Despite what Senator Hatch says (or what his aides tell him to say), the Democrats WERE NOT invited to participate, but ARE interested in working with Republicans to make this better.
This bill needs to die right here. It is wrong. Bad. Not salvageable. It is a bad bad bill. No one wants this horrible bill that causes harm and death. Stop it now. We will keep calling and writing. Delay does not make it better. It is still a bad bill in July. Keep ACA. Support and strengthen ACA.
I'm relieved the healthcare vote has been delayed but I want to continue to stress my consternation at the lack of bipartisan work on this incredibly important bill. This bill effects all of us ... or it should. Whatever the outcome, I want the same healthcare my Legislators have.
You know what's horrendous!!! Trump HIDING his TAX RETURNS & the pathetic GOP attempting to screw us out of our HEALTHCARE!!
The only path forward is to improve the ACA up to creating a single payer health care system. Fix what's wrong with the ACA and stop this tag line crap about repealing and replacing. A healthy America is a economically strong America. Americans will lift you up if you show them you care about them and not just the rich. Stop stacking the advantages for the wealthy and start movement towards uplifting the lower and middle class. Anything less is oligarchy BS and it must stop.
Now is the time for my senators, Isakson & Perdue to get on the bandwagon for single payer healthcare and put that horrible trumpcare in the garbage where it belongs.
It's time for single-payer.
Vote no on the healthcare bill again, and again.
As a woman, I am a walking pre-existing condition. As a low income woman, I cannot afford to lose my healthcare subsidies as my premium skyrockets in order for the 1% to gain even more money. As a Black low income woman, I cannot believe that my fate along with millions of others, is being decided upon behind closed doors amongst a group of wealthy White men who have NO idea (or don't care) how detrimental the AHCA will be to those less privileged than them...people of color, women, LGBTQ+, children, low income, differently able, the elderly, etc. Instead of doing anything and every thing to repeal what President Obama did, I'd much rather see time, money, and effort being used towards amending the ACA (Medicare for all, single payer). It was never meant to be permanent, but a living, breathing foundation towards ensuring people have access to affordable healthcare. The AHCA is a step backwards too many of us cannot afford.
Democratic need to be spending their time and campaign funds letting the middle class people who voted for Trump know that this bill is only being put in place to lower taxes on the rich. It offers no help to the medical industry.
This bill is evil in its construction and intent. It only serves to harm those we need to protect. Seniors, children, disabled, veterans, victims of crimes, etc... the only people benefiting from this bill are the rich. I know my senators will do the right thing for America, and my state. I urge any senator considering this bill to think about those that voted for them. Those that need ACA. Those that need ACA to be pushed forward and improved, rather than being rolled back into a callus healthcare system.
This bill is an abomination. We the people don't want it. We demand Universal HealthCare. It is the only smart and right thing to do.
Please vote against this immoral bill. My nephew was born with cystic fibrosis - a pre-existing condition, you would say. Skipping or cutting back on his daily treatments would cost him his life. His parents are a teacher and a nurse, and they are struggling as it is. This health care bill would financially devastate them. You are tasked with protecting the future of Americans. We need you to stand up for us.
Oh good, more time to rally opposition and make 22 million voices heard before the vote.
The math doesn't support repealing the ACA. Morality and religion don't support repealing the ACA. History is not going to support repealing the ACA. How is it that Republicans still do? Use this time and money to fix the problems of the ACA and stop trying to destroy our country out of bitterness that a black man won the White House. Prove instead that having an orange man in the White House isn't as bad as it appears.
I find it interesting the GOP don't want the democratic's input, but willing to say the democratic are to blame? They have more then enough republicans to pass the bill, but don't want to be responsible for millions cut off and higher cost. The democratic's got Obamacare pass with republicans backing and it was not behind close doors! Now the American people have Obamacare, it not as bad as the republicans made it out to be, in fact it is better! The democratic saw this was being good for the American people and some lost election, but they cared more for the good of the American people and put their job on the line !!!!!!!!!!! The difference is Obama and the democratic did care!