Junio 22, 2017

Blumenthal to host 'emergency hearing' on health care overhaul

19 Junio 2017, 10:05 | Crisanna Felipe

Democratic Washington Senator Patty Murray at International Community Health Services in Seattle. KUOW

Democratic Washington Senator Patty Murray at International Community Health Services in Seattle

And Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has arranged for it to go straight to the floor of the Senate, where it would need only 50 votes (plus the vice president) to pass, pushing through a major reform of one-sixth of the US economy without the opposition party or the public knowing anything about its contents. They've chosen this scandalous path, writing a secret bill without hearings, without testimony from subject-matter experts, and without so much as a hint of bipartisan negotiation.

The New York Times' Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear spoke to a number of Republican senators who seemed less than pleased with the process so far. It suggests no specific policy proposals. The legislation would cut funding for the program by $880 billion over 10 years, not only rolling back the expansion under the Affordable Care Act but also by putting caps on some spending. The question is, how to do it. "Medicaid provisions included in this bill are particularly problematic".

The CBO estimates 23 million fewer Americans would have coverage compared to the ACA, 14 million of whom would have otherwise received Medicaid coverage.

Republicans may not outright say this.

To that end, we remain hopeful that there is an opportunity to craft solutions to these challenges that can find support across party lines, delivering improvements to result in a system that is available and affordable for every American. Several have suggested that they could accept a seven-year phaseout.

Paul has been less vocal about his opposition than he was when the bill was moving through the House.

The measure was originally meant to address how money is spent at the state's seven mental health agencies, which receive taxpayer funding to manage and monitor services for the mentally ill, substance abusers and people with developmental disabilities. Starting this year, the state must cover 5 percent of that cost, with the federal government picking up the balance.

Even many Republicans are being kept in the dark said Sanders, noting that this tactic underscores issues with the bill that Republicans would have difficulty defending, such as cutting Medicaid in favor of giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

The House action Friday, on the 20th day of the special session, keeps it and the Senate at loggerheads on their revenue plans, with Senate leadership insisting on income tax cuts as part of the revenue plan, an option the House has rejected multiple times. They don't want the media involved. The hurdles: how to be fair to states that get less federal money and how fast the caps should rise.

Instead, they're asking Senate leaders to work together on an overhaul of Democrat Barack Obama's health care law.

Before voting, the Senate, unlike the House, will have to wait for an independent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. A Senate official called the parliamentarian will make the call as Sen.

But President Donald Trump has threatened to drop the appeal, which would cause an injunction - now on hold - to take effect immediately, ceasing all subsidies. This is a key demand for a large portion of the Republican base.

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