Published: Пт, Июля 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Liberal groups push for health care to dominate the midterms

Liberal groups push for health care to dominate the midterms

Federal support for Medicaid would shrivel even more over time under the Senate bill, likely forcing states to tighten enrollment, cut benefits or reduce provider rates, the Congressional Budget Office found. This was a procedural vote, not one on any particular piece of legislation. Some of that decline is due to the Affordable Care Act. All 48 Democrats voted against it, as did two Republicans-Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska-creating a 50-50 deadlock which was broken by Pence's vote.

Senate passage of a health care bill would set up discussions with the House, which approved its version in May.

True, polls show Obamacare remains unpopular. (Though it's important to note the Congressional Budget Office and other nonpartisan scorekeepers have projected that repealing the individual mandate-which is meant to prevent people from only buying guaranteed insurance coverage when they're sick-would lead to massive premium increases.) But there's nearly zero chance that's the legislation that could ultimately reach President Trump's desk. With the ACA about 20 million more Americans have health insurance. Why is it the taxpayers' duty to pay for someone else's medical costs?

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So what's the goal here?

Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie to clear the Senate motion to proceed with the House-passed bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, after weeks of hand-wringing and backroom deal-making by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Taylor joins US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) in his call to "Let the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray hold hearings, try to report a bill out of committee with contributions from both sides".

The Senate parliamentarian on Friday said a number of provisions in an earlier version of the GOP's legislation would violate the so-called Byrd Rule, which prohibits extraneous measures from being considered under the fast-track budgetary maneuver known as reconciliation that Republicans are using to advance the health care overhaul.

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