Senate Democrats taunt Republicans: Let's fix Obamacare together

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 8, 2017

"Of course, it's not everything I want, but that's life".

"The sooner we can do that the better and obviously it gives us time to work through whatever differences there are between our bill and the House bill", Thune said. Whether and how Trump injects himself into the Senate debate could be the single biggest factor as to whether a bill passes quickly.

Practically speaking, this means Senate Republicans have, at most, 19 working days to get something passed if they're going to meet that cutoff.

Sen. John Alario, R-Westwego, said they want to see the pay raise for 38,000 employees included in the budget for next year. They can lose only two votes and still get a bill out of the Senate, assuming united Democratic opposition. But Senate GOP members weren't talking about timetables. Now, some Republicans are calling for a short-term solution to stabilize the markets.

"Well, let me suggest to you that we can't afford not to change our health care policies at a time like this".

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield said Tuesday that it's dropping individual exchange coverage in OH next year, citing a "lack of certainty of funding" for cost-sharing subsidies the government pays insurers to help reduce low-income Americans' health costs and "an increasing lack of overall predictability" in the market.

His comments came after the leaders met with President Trump at the White House to discuss health care reform.

In a briefing for reporters Monday, White House legislative director Marc Short said of the health care legislation: "What we're looking to do is get the job done".

Following about a week-and-a-half-long period of negotiations among the governor and majority and minority party leaders in both chambers, Nelson said he was optimistic that a compromise was near. "I'm waiting for the small print at this point", Heller said. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday that he thought Paul was "irretrievably gone" on health care, although Paul's office later quipped that Graham had not yet applied for the open press assistant job in Paul's office.

Senate Republicans are barreling toward a vote on health care reform despite tepid support from key lawmakers concerned about Medicaid cuts, which would shift costs to states like Nevada that expanded the program, according to an analysis released by a research group Tuesday. "The president is tied in a knot here in Washington, because he insists on going it alone", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Conservative Republicans in the House are already displeased with the details trickling out about the Obamacare replacement efforts in the Senate following a meeting in the upper chamber Tuesday afternoon to move it forward. The House bill would eliminate enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansion and curtail support for the program overall. The Senate proposal still will have to go through a procedure to excise provisions seen as extraneous to budget issues. The House bill includes $664 billion in tax cuts over a decade, while also cutting Medicaid and making other reductions in insurance subsidies for low-income and sick people. With the summer recess fast approaching, some Senate Republicans are sounding increasingly skeptical that they can deliver on their years-long campaign promise to overhaul Obamacare this year.

The Trump administration's decision to hold cost-sharing payments "hostage as a political tool" is to blame for insurance companies deciding not to offer coverage in certain areas, Schumer said.

Asked how realistic it is to expect Republicans to work with Democrats on health care, the aide simply said: "It becomes more realistic the more Republicans continue to flail". Wyden said he has little reason to think Senate Republicans will abandon the House bill's general framework.

Some Democrats tried to poke holes in the House bill.

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