Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Wisconsin senator wants health care vote delayed

Wisconsin senator wants health care vote delayed

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who ran for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said on NBC News' "Meet the Press".

"I believe that the bill that the Senate will vote on, assuming they get to that point, will have some sort of mechanism to cause participation in it", said former GOP Senate staffer Rodney Whitlock.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME says she thinks getting the votes needed in the Senate this week to pass a Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could be very hard.

Now, facing an enormous challenge in the Senate on health care, Trump and his team are opting for a hands-off approach on legislation to dismantle the "Obamacare" law, instead putting their faith in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deliver a legacy-defining victory.

"If they can not get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal", the Kentucky Republican said on ABC's "This Week".

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said his party "promised too much" on a bill that is not expected to bring down premiums as promised. Some of the GOP senators he'll need to persuade have built their own separate political identities in their home states and may be less inclined to embrace Trump.

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"They did just fine", he said.

"There's no way we should be voting on this next week", Johnson told host Chuck Todd.

The best conservative health policy analysis proceeds from the controversial but, I think, correct perspective that much health spending is wasted and that people do not value or benefit from insurance as much as liberal technocrats presume. "Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party", she tweeted. She's introduced legislation to allow people in those counties to buy into the Congressional health plan if no insurers come in and she said that one feature of the Senate Republican bill she likes is that it continues to fund cost-sharing subsidies for insurance companies on the exchanges, at least temporarily.

Five senators have already announced their opposition to the Senate bill.

President Donald Trump on Friday was urging Democrats to join the push to reform health care - even as another Republican senator came out against the bill to replace Obamacare. So, for example, I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want.

The problem facing GOP leaders is that any change that moves the bill further to the right has the potential to alienate moderate Republicans.

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McConnell has said he wants the chamber to vote on the measure this week, after an open-amendment process.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, during interviews on CNN's "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday", defended the bill, claiming it would help drive down insurance premiums and make private insurance more affordable for those low-income Americans who would no longer qualify for Medicaid.

The CBO said that 23 million people would lose their insurance over the coming decade under a different version of the healthcare changes that House of Representatives narrowly approved last month.

But Cassidy, a physician, says he still has concerns about the bill in its current form.

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

Others, like Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of OH, have pointed to concerns about the proposal's cuts to Medicaid. In that respect, it resembles a version of "Obamacare lite", as many commentators have noted. "I want to see a bill with heart".

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The House bill, flawed in so many respects, at least made an effort on this front, since its flat subsidy was available to the people now getting hosed by Obamacare prices.

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