GOP Senator Warns Republican Health Care Bill Would Slash Medicaid

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 18, 2017

In the contentious congressional vote of Trump's presidency, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 in May to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, called the American Health Care Act of 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell increased that number to $45 billion, but Biden said he is "missing the point".

The GOP bill faces an uncertain passage in the 100-member Senate, where Republicans have a very narrow majority - 52 to 48.

Cruz and Lee proposed an amendment to the original McConnell bill that would allow insurers to provide health care plans that are not compliant with Obamacare's intrusive and expensive mandates, provided they also offered an Obamacare compliant plan.

Vice president Mike Pence sought to shore up support among the nation's governors at a meeting in Rhode Island, but a key Republican governor, Ohio's John Kasich, came out strongly against the revised bill, saying its Medicaid cuts were too deep and it does too little to stabilise the insurance market.

"There are changes that need to be made to the law", Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, told MSNBC, citing "a bipartisan appetite to tackle this issue".

Politico reports that it is not yet clear whether the inclusion of Cruz's proposal will be enough for some of his conservative Senate colleagues, such as Senator Rand Paul, but we hope it will earn Senator Paul's support.

The Senate, which is delaying its consideration of the bill while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery to remove a blood clot, will take it up as soon as all senators are available, Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican senator, said.

If approved, the Republican healthcare bill would repeal most of the taxes that paid for Obamacare, except for two placed on high earners.

The bill unwinds Obamacare's Medicaid expansion over three years, from 2021 to 2024.

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