But let’s be honest with one another: the primary way that the Senate bill saves money is by cutting Medicaid, reducing the number of insured Americans by millions.
Nearly immediately after Heller’s statement, the pro-Trump group America First Policies ran ads for 12 hours against the Nevada Republican over his public opposition. Dean Heller of Nevada, have objected to the substantial Medicaid cuts included in the bill and have demanded increased funding for addiction treatment. “It is important that we have a scorekeeper”, he said. Conservatives say the bill does not do enough to erase Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation. Leaders have been insistent that they need to move on to other issues.
The bill which aims to dismantle Obama-era health regulations gives an estimated $700 billion tax cut to wealthy Americans and health companies while putting maternity care, mental health care, rehabilitation care and nursing home coverage at risk – a tough pill to swallow for Republicans in states that received the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. “If there’s more work to be done, you shouldn’t try to light the fire before it’s ready to be lit”.
LIASSON: The president is getting a lot more involved.
“I’ll just speak for myself. It’ll just take a little bit longer”. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee. “Not frustration, but you know that there’s nearly no way for the questions that you have to be legitimately answered”. “For the country, we have to have healthcare – and it can’t be Obamacare, which is melting down”. I would say that that change in insurance is probably a bigger change than the ACA, which has occurred under the radar screen while we’ve had this great debate about the ACA.
“That’s OK, and I understand that very well”, he added. “While a delay on the vote is a small victory, it’s time to crank up the outrage and tell all Senators to vote NO”. She’s always been a question mark on how she would vote on the bill, and she told CNN Tuesday morning that she’s “concerned about the bill in the form that it is now”.
“For us, it is never been about the timeline but getting the best piece of legislation that helps the most”, Sanders said.
The analysis of the bill is unlikely to quell the concerns of Republican Senators who are on the fence about supporting it, particularly those concerned about the effect the Medicaid reductions will have on their constituents, like West Virginia Sen. “This is a hard, difficult process”.
He made the announcement during Senate Republicans’ weekly lunch, which was attended by Vice President Pence.
But as he left the gathering, Cornyn conceded: “We need more time”. But when do we start having an adult conversation about real, necessary health care reform?
The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026, according to projections of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. And here is how Mitch McConnell explained the delay.
“It was Mitch’s. Definitely Mitch”, Corker said.
Despite clear signs that lawmakers were breathing sighs of relief, McConnell’s challenge of reaching 50 “yes” votes remains monumental.
Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana also said he is waiting to hear from leaders about revisions before deciding how he’ll vote. Senate leaders do not believe they have the votes to pass the bill as it is with a group of Republicans along with all Democrats in the Senate opposed to it.
Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia are generally reliable votes for GOP leadership.
Yet if there has been elbow twisting, several senators who have opposed the legislation said they had not been approached. Sen. “We can rewrite our bill to bring down the price working families pay for health insurance – while still protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions”, he said.
The delay of BRCA, which Republicans had hoped to vote on this week, came after disagreements inside the majority party.
The speaker said House members are waiting to see what happens in the Senate. After rounds of negotiations and amendments, the House passed its bill in early May.
“We don’t know what kinds of backroom deals Senate Republican leaders will cut”, Murray said.