Democrats Say They'll Slow Senate Work Over Secretive Health Care Bill
Jun 20 2017
Rep. Greg Walden of OR, who helped shepherd the party's health-care overhaul bill through the House last month, sat down with Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal's White House reporter, to offer his take on where the effort stands.
"In addition to my efforts to give governors more time and flexibility to adjust to a new system, I'm working with my colleagues to provide governors with a dedicated new funding stream to ensure those using expanded Medicaid resources to treat their addiction can continue to receive treatment as they work to get back on their feet", Sen.
Last month, the New York Times editorial board compiled a list identifying the numerous ways in which Trumpcare would be "disastrous for women". But Republican moderates in the Senate want a much slower end to the additional federal aid. No Democrat is expected to support the repeal effort.
Senators had been briefed on what was happening and could answer reporters' questions instead of saying they have no idea what's in the bill. But when Democratic leaders tried that again when they had large majorities during the Great Depression, rank-and-file senators revolted. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah-two of the Senate's most conservative lawmakers. In a video, several female senators shared their constituents' stories. Dean Heller (Nev.) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) with television and radio ads urging them to vote no. Jodi Ernst, were invited to join at least one meeting, but they are not in the official 13-man group. Trump said he wanted the Senate version to be "more generous", according to congressional sources. However, the bill does still allow states to choose whether to require insurers to cover essential health benefits, which include emergency room care, hospitalization, maternity care, and prescription medicines.
The secret Senate version reportedly preserves most of the mean stuff but stretches out the implementation from three years to as many as seven.
The House healthcare bill's proposed $834 billion in Medicaid cuts would have "serious negative consequences for communities across America", AHA said.
The Senate is considering keeping some taxes now under Obamacare, at least for the short term. Voxreports that progressive activists who came out in force against the AHCA are struggling to build enthusiasm against a bill that no one has read. This could slow Senate operations by forcing the Republican majority to hold additional procedural votes in order to move ahead. Most likely to stay - the 0.9 percent Medicare payroll tax and the 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, both imposed on wealthy taxpayers.
And the president probably will sign the bill, even though it's doubtful he will know what's in it.
Asked whether that could include halting Senate work to protest, Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, said they must do everything they can to highlight the "insane" and secretive approach to drafting the bill."I am in favor of the American people and members of Congress doing everything that we can to defeat that horrific piece of legislation", Sanders said yesterday on CNN's "State of the Union".