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CBO shines a brutal light on latest Republican health care plan

24 Julio 2017, 01:47 | Verda Sainz

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The top Republican added that while it is "pretty obvious we have had some difficulty in getting 50 votes to proceed", he intends to "vote on the motion to proceed next week".

Reviving the legislation will require party leaders to win support from at least 50 of the 52 GOP senators, a threshold they've been short of for weeks. It was interrupted by prayer after the lawmakers learned that their 80-year-old colleague, Sen. But unlike the bill the House passed and the Senate was unable to bring up, a repeal bill would not reduce federal support for traditional Medicaid.

"I am ready to act", Trump said.

"Senator [Chuck] Schumer has said on repeated occasions: 'Do what President Obama did".

Senate GOP leaders are eyeing Tuesday for a health care vote, but no one knows yet which proposal will be voted on.

We agree with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and others who say the priority should be to stabilize the Obamacare insurance exchanges with more realistic tax credits, expanded subsidies and other reforms to encourage more competition and control rates, while continuing rules for minimum coverage and pre-existing conditions.

President Donald Trump likely can't avoid his share of the blame for the latest setback on the Republican health care bill, despite his efforts to do so.

Until that changes, Republicans can expect their efforts to address the US health care system to end badly. I can not vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians.

Seated next to Nevada Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, Trump made a quip questioning whether Heller wanted to remain a senator. Instead of cooperation, Republicans would have to endure an onslaught of politically toxic Democratic amendments, as Senate Democrats forced them to cast one vote after another created to make them look like monsters come Election Day. But McConnell appears to lack the votes for that, too.

The CBO in June estimated that the original bill also would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million over the next decade but would only cut the federal deficit by $321 billion over the same duration.

Moderate Republican Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito said they oppose McConnell's plan for a repeal that would take effect in two years, giving Congress time to develop a replacement. But the effort also suffers from a mismatch between the longtime public posture of Republicans (Obamacare must and will be fully repealed) and their private misgivings (do we really have to do this, even partially?). Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told reporters yesterday he questions whether such a bill could get 40 votes in the chamber.

"I am open to discussion and I've offered to senate leadership as well as the President that I'll negotiate", Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said.



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