Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'
04:56, May 10, 2017
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Still, the WPA Insights findings paint an overly rosy picture of the impact of the AHCA vote, which Republicans are branding as their repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Second, other initiatives, most notably those to follow through on President Donald Trump's campaign promises to lower taxes and spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure, are at least partly on the sidelines as this health care fight goes to the Senate. There was an immediate outcry from his constituents and he later clarified that he wasn't "looking to change" policies for people with pre-existing conditions, which nearly certainly laid no one's concerns to rest.
House Bill 25 now will be sent to the Texas Senate, where it will be considered and passed by the full body of the Senate before it can be sent to Governor Abbott to be signed into law.
But he's defending the House version anyway.
In listening to House and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., one is led to believe that the pain and suffering caused by the Republican health-care bill will be unbearable, that widows and orphans will be dropping like flies.
The House of Representatives voted on the new measure last Thursday. The problem, though, is these proceeds are counted toward the state's annual revenues, and as the economy has stabilized following those recession years, much of it today is required for refund back to citizens because of the existing cap per the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, otherwise known as TABOR.
I have always believed, however, that Obama was prescient in seeing that the ACA would have a larger impact that would be hard if not impossible to erase, no matter what Republicans did to the law itself: It established the principle that health care, as Obama said in accepting the "Profile in Courage" award at the John F. Kennedy Library on Sunday, is "not a privilege but a right for all Americans".
Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House last week.
Collins is a moderate senator whose vote will be important in the narrowly divided Senate. Congressman Brian Mast said this is a scare tactic by Democrats.
Sen. Shelly Moore Capito entered the meeting Tuesday morning, saying she had been invited to this session. The lawmakers must resolve Republican differences over the House bill's Medicaid cuts, federal subsidies to help consumers buy insurance and waivers so states can allow higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions and ease other Obama consumer protections.
President Trump said he feels "confident" that it will pass the Senate.
While seven appear safe, turmoil over health care could change the equation quickly, and Republicans can only afford a net loss of three seats. Collins told reporters that she planned to continue to work with Cassidy to build momentum for their health care proposal, which would repeal the individual and employer mandates, but would give states more flexibility to build their own health care systems.
"So you can get caught up in process, or you can focus on the actual reality", Stewart said in an email on Sunday.