HORSLEY: Good question. This is a retreat. He doesn’t have a lot of room to maneuver. The ACA never had broad public support until this year, when Republicans gained the power to replace it with something widely recognized as being worse. And McConnell’s worry has been that the more time people have to study this bill, the less they’re going to like it.
Dismantling President Barack Obama’s signature health care law has become nearly the raison d’etre of the party, a goal that seemed within reach when Trump took the White House. More than two-thirds of independents said they are also against the legislation. And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like.
“For months, I have engaged with my colleagues on solutions that I believe are necessary to ensure that we improve our health care system and better combat this opioid epidemic”.
Finally, the Congressional Budget Office, which is supposed to be the impartial referee on costs and impacts, calculated that 22 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years.
A bill would need at least 50 Republican votes plus the vote of the vice president to break a potential tie. What’s the poll say about that? The president’s ratings on handling health care far lags his standing on other issues, including the economy and national security.
They’re opposed to the bill for various reasons, ranging from wanting the bill to be slightly more compassionate to wanting it to be way more cruel.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. said he is undecided on whether he can support the bill, noting there are still improvements to be made. So what kinds of changes might be in store? Rand Paul of Kentucky, one of the bill’s vocal critics, told Fox News Channel.
This probably means the GOP will have to move somewhat to the left on Medicaid reform. The reductions are transparently aimed at reducing coverage for poor people to allow tax cuts for the wealthy.
Plus they and a number of other moderates say the Medicaid cuts in this bill are just too steep and will leave some of the most vulnerable Americans out in the cold.
HORSLEY: Well, it’s not all about health care, but this has not been a great season for our political leaders.
The legislation has triggered protests at the Capitol and police said they arrested 40 people, including cancer survivors, on Wednesday for blocking Senate offices. Democrats don’t fare much better.
Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi warned that “hundreds of thousands” of Americans would die if the bill passed. And given a choice between a delay and an outright defeat for President Trump, he kicked the can down the road.
That’s because a group of 13 Republican men drafted the bill in secret, without holding a single hearing or answering any questions. More than half of respondents said they disapprove of the legislation, while 24 percent said they hadn’t heard enough about it to have an opinion.