Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

The move follows the executive order President Donald Trump signed soon after taking office on January 20, authorizing the executive branch to take measures within its authority to lessen the "economic burden" of Obamacare pending the repeal efforts by Congress.

This has led many patients organisations called for politicians to block the bill, including the American Diabetes Association, which called on Congress to block the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becoming law.

Likewise, Democrats are united in their opposition to Republican replacement plans that will cut coverage.

Right now, Senate Republicans are still working on their version of the health care bill. The rollback of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion has been a point of contention in the repeal talks on Capitol Hill because some Republican governors accepted the federal expansion money starting in 2014 and want it to keep flowing now that their Medicaid programs are covering more people.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to Reuters during an interview in Washington, U.S., May 24, 2017.

Moderate Republicans on Thursday said they were getting closer to supporting an emerging Senate health package but are continuing to press for a slower phaseout of the Medicaid expansion than the House-passed bill set out. All liberals would have to do is peel off three votes to stop the bill. Sen. Mike Lee. Additionally, Sen.

At the other end are more moderate Republicans who are concerned that Trumpcare would remove too much of Obamacare's progress in lowering the uninsured rate.

The CBPP issued an analysis this week of the House health care bill.

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Enshrining the payments in standalone legislation would at least grant insurers some certainty that the payments won't disappear, according to health care experts. "Either put up or stop", he added. The Senate bill replicates the House bill in its overall design, which is Obamacare-but-a-lot-less-of-it.

By passing Obamacare, the federal government took responsibility for running health insurance. Insurers were required to accept all individuals, regardless of whether they had pre-existing conditions, which meant health-benefit providers were suddenly dealing with an influx of sicker patients who'd previously been shut out of the system.

"States would still have to end their expanded Medicaid programs because of the large cost shift from losing federal funds, and the poor and the near-poor adults losing Medicaid wouldn't be able to afford private coverage", she said.

"We've got to get a more robust refundable tax credit in place so you make sure that folks have coverage and you also need federal reinsurance for folks with chronic care and pre-existing conditions", he said.

Some advocates say Portman's proposal would definitely be better than the House bill's quick cutoff, but the end result would still be the same. However, under Senate rules - which only allow budgetary changes to be accepted under the reconciliation process - it's not clear that Republicans could pass that same language.

Thomas P. Gilson, the chief medical examiner for Cuyahoga County, noted that treatment slots in OH are far more scarce.

Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican in the Senate in 2018. Their new stance signals a potential breakthrough for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to corral enough GOP votes to pass an ACA repeal and replace bill, just days after Senate GOP leaders anxious they wouldn't be able to meet the vote threshold.

"Well, I don't know if there's going to be another hearing, but we've invited you to participate and give your ideas", Hatch replied. "We're not going to have hearings on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy".

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