GOP senators complain on eve of health care bill unveiling
Jun 22 2017
The moderate senators are still pushing for a more gradual phaseout of Medicaid expansion and less harsh spending caps.
McConnell defended the secretive process of drafting the bill, in which few people besides him and some top-level Republican aides are aware of the proposal's contents. Enough of them have voiced concerns to leave the bill's fate uncertain. Still, the Obamacare proposal had undergone multiple committee hearings before that final stage, unlike the Senate Republicans' emerging plan. Mike Lee of Utah is complaining that lawmakers should have seen the measure weeks ago if they're to vote next week.
Moderates who are on the fence about whether to support the Obamacare overhaul are likely to be pleased at the bill's approach to insurance subsidies because they would be based on financial need, potentially preserving coverage for more people who got insurance under the ACA.
"If I don't get to read it, I don't vote for it. I'm for insurance for everyone".
"I'm still hoping we reach impasse and we go back to the idea we started with, which is repeal Obamacare", Paul said.
Republican Senate leaders are set to release details of their sweeping health-care reform bill Thursday morning, but three new reports out Wednesday revealed details expected to be in that controversial legislation. "I personally think that holding a vote on this next week would definitely be rushed. I'm not open to Obamacare lite". Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said.
The White House has maintained a light tough when it comes to shaping the policies in the health care bill, but President Trump reportedly told a group of senators last week that the bill passed in the House was "mean" and he wanted the final bill to do more to help needier Americans.
The House passed its version in May, while the Senate measure is now being drafted by 13 male Republican senators who have kept the process and details of the bill tightly under wraps. "If somebody has cancer and they're going to lose their treatments, they have a right to know what's in this bill and give their views". The so-called individual mandate - aimed at keeping insurance markets solvent by prompting younger, healthier people to buy policies - has always been one of the GOP's favorite targets.
The nonpartisan CBO says the House bill would cause 23 million more Americans to be without health insurance by 2026.
The Read the Bills Resolution would require legislation, resolutions, amendments and conference reports to be filed for one day for every 20 pages before they can be taken up. Fifty-seven percent said it would make Medicaid less available, and 69 percent said it would cut federal money for Planned Parenthood.
Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said she wanted to read an assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on its impact on cost and insurance coverage before making her decision. She said it appears that the Senate parliamentarian will rule that the provision couldn't be included under the chamber's fast-track procedure. House Republicans have challenged the legality of the $7 billion in subsidies - which help cover consumers' deductibles and copays - in court, and insurers have warned that they will have to increase premiums dramatically next year unless the federal government commits to continuing the payments.
"There may still be ways to address the concerns of members, including my own", he said, without elaborating on how they might do that.
During the public portion of the event - when reporters were invited in - Trump undercut the House bill, saying more funding was needed to make it "generous, kind (and) with heart".