Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill

GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill

GOP senators have been divided over pivotal questions about dismantling and replacing chunks of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican who long advocated for a full repeal of Obamacare, expressed misgivings with the process and so far hasn't liked what he's heard from leadership.

According to the CBO, the House bill would cost 23 million Americans their health coverage, and despite winning the support of 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin, it looks as if it was specifically created to hurt a place like Maine.

"I don't know what the Senate will ultimately do with that", Armstead said Friday afternoon of the latest House counteroffer.

"Americans won't forget that @HouseGOP passed a "mean" bill to rip healthcare from millions then celebrated @ the WH", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

The House bill, in addition to denying affordable insurance to some 23 million people now covered, also would greatly reduce benefits in some states, squeeze working-class and poor Americans out of Medicaid and raise premiums for people in their 50s and 60s.

"The U.S. Senate has always been considered the world's greatest deliberative body and, as members of that body, we should each support open and robust debate". It's not clear when a vote will come, but Republican leaders had targeted action before the July 4 recess.

That put the House and Senate on the 44th day of the budget impasse back to, essentially, the same spot they were in at day one, with just two weeks remaining to avert a partial state government shutdown.

No one outside the group of Republican senators crafting this bill has any idea of what's in it.

The governors are particularly concerned about the bill's Medicaid provisions.

Besides Bullock and Kasich, whose states Trump won in 2016, Republicans Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Charlie Baker of MA signed the letter. The Democrats who added their names were John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania. The House bill would phase out the money for increased Medicaid coverage by 2020. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those efforts.

AARP is in the midst of sponsoring a series of public forums across the state targeting House legislation approved last month.

How the legislation would treat people with pre-existing conditions in the individual insurance market is a key concern.

It would also placate, somewhat, the numerous activists concerned that Democrats are not fighting Republicans in their attempt to take health care away from millions of people.

Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are preparing for problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed.

While Schumer's letter does not say Democrats are now open to repealing Obamacare, Popp argued that the letter's premise of wanting to meet suggests that Democrats have dropped the precondition.

As a result, they are considering ways to channel new financing for health insurance through existing government programs that bar the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion, according to sources familiar with the policy discussions.

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