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Trump calls for end to filibuster, says Senate Republicans 'look like fools'

31 Julio 2017, 11:38 | Bibiana Flor

It was 1:30 a.m. Friday, and Pennsylvania Republican Sen. He and 48 other Republicans were simply willing to roll the dice in the hope something less very bad emerged in conference negotiations with the House.

While Republicans in Congress may not have mustered the support to pass a national healthcare program of their design, some Democrats have already offered to work together to craft bipartisan reforms to the Affordable Care Act now in place. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME - joined McCain and all Democrats to reject the amendment, which would have repealed a mandate that most individuals get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that large companies provide coverage to their employees. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell only released the text of the bill late Thursday and pushed the Senate to vote on it in the middle of the night.

Senate Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence knew the margin would be tight.

The bigger disappointment is that Republicans have so completely caved on principle and joined the Democrats in their socialist ways of thinking. "The health care situation is the same as before". Failing to deliver on their promise to repeal Obamacare, though, is likely to cost them in future elections. "Because of politicians who put their political self-interests ahead of national interest, Obamacare remains the law of the land".

There was lingering resentment as well toward Sens.

What was the "skinny repeal"?


In Pennsylvania, for instance, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said she fears insurers will raise rates by 25 percent or more if the administration doesn't sustain Obamacare's subsidies and coverage mandates.

In an interview, Tim Phillips, president of the conservative political action committee Americans for Prosperity, criticized Capito and Portman for what he described as a "cynical" flip-flop.

Never hugely popular, "Obamacare" actually saw an increase in support as the "repeal and replace" debate intensified.

Idleness after the recent victory is unthinkable, considering that Donald Trump told reporters, even after the Senate's rejection of multiple Republican versions of a health care plan, that "it's going to be fine".

Republicans have instead opted to try to pass tax reform and health care through a process known as reconciliation, which applies to budgetary measures and requires only 51 votes.

Not enforcing it, they said, would result in more younger and healthier people dropping their coverage, forcing insurance costs for those who rely on the system, including the lower-income sick and disabled, through the roof.


He criticised the way Obamacare had been passed by Democrats using their Obama-era majority and called for senators to "return to the correct way of legislating" with input from both parties.

Anthem's spokesman defended the rate increases as reflecting "the increases in the cost of delivering medical services coupled with pharmacy expenses and the overall increased use of health care services by ME members in ACA plans". 200 Bills sit in Senate. "But it'll be interesting to see what (Democrats) have in mind".

The threat was part of a Saturday Twitter tirade in which the commander in chief said GOP members of the Senate "look like fools" in wake of their failed bid to repeal parts of Obamacare.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers have urged Betsy DeVos to continue publishing the list of schools under investigation for Title IX violations.

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The House of Representatives has already gone home for its August break and the Senate is expected to do the same by mid-August. Some policyholders saying they don't qualify for health care subsidies under proposals being debated in Congress. He said in a statement the Trump administration "has a basic obligation to make sure our health care system works well and I will hold them accountable for doing just that".

Trump has always been promising to "let Obamacare implode", arguing that doing so would strengthen his negotiating position even as it harmed the American people.


Ron DeSantis (R-Fl.) introduced a bill that would end an exemption enabling members of Congress and Capitol Hill staff to obtain employer contributions from the government to pay for plans on D.C.'s small-business exchange, which the federal Office of Personnel Management in 2013 issued guidance to allow. Then, after getting some assurances from House Speaker Paul Ryan that it'd be overhauled in the conference committee, Graham and Johnson switched in favor, and the assumption seemed to be that McCain would be swayed to a "yes" as well.



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