US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote
28 June, 2017, 15:45 | Author: Mae Harvey
Only two can vote against it for the bill to succeed.
At least five Republican senators - conservatives and moderates - have said they would vote against even beginning debate, and the bill would be derailed if just three of the 52 Republican senators voted against it.
The House of Representatives has passed its own version of the measure, but the Senate bill has been criticized from the left and the right.
Senator Angus King, an independent, lamented the lack of presidential leadership to guide the legislation that he said runs counter to Trump's promises to insure everyone, cut costs and protect those with pre-existing conditions.
Matheson said the effort to rush the bill through before the July 4 recess was "really reckless" because health care accounts for "one-sixth of our economy". The bill was crafted in secret, with much less input involved than when Democrats crafted the bill that would became Obamacare - the Affordable Care Act - which at the time drew complaints from Republicans of moving too fast with too much secrecy.
"Consequently, we will not be on the bill this week, but we're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place".
Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana also said he is waiting to hear from leaders about revisions before deciding how he will vote.
However, GOP senators said their goal is to have an agreement by this Friday and vote as soon as they come back from the holiday break.
Less affluent Americans now on government-managed Medicaid insurance, many of whom supported the president, will see a 26% reduction in their programmes funding over the next decade, resulting in fewer covered and skimpier benefits.
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The healthcare measure could dramatically affect many Americans' health and financial security while also posing challenges to state governments facing proposed cuts in Medicaid coverage for low-income residents.
"CBO says 22 million people lose insurance; Medicaid cuts hurt most vulnerable Americans; access to healthcare in rural areas threatened".
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The Senate plan would end the tax penalty that law imposes on people who don't buy insurance, in effect erasing Obama's so-called individual mandate, and on larger businesses that don't offer coverage to workers.
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It would however cut deeply into Medicaid , America's public health programme for the poor and disabled. The bottom line, however, is that the CBO report is a blow to the Senate bill's chances of success.
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The plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was to have a final vote on a GOP health bill by this Friday at the latest. Senators like Paul don't feel the bill goes far enough in actually repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act .
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