Trump jumps into health debate _ repeal now, replace later

Last week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the Senate's health-care bill from consideration amid opposition from both conservative and moderate Republicans. There is, but it's one over the fundamental responsibility of government to enable (almost) everyone to have some sort of health coverage, be it private insurance, public insurance or some mix of the two. A senior Senate Republican aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if lawmakers had been able to get the votes for repealing Obamacare first, then replacing it, "senators would have done that in January". The Senate version would still cut Medicaid, only not as much as the version House Republicans passed. When the GOP was in the minority, the Republicans voted unanimously to repeal the law without any replacement at all.

"If we can do a combined repeal and replace over the next week, that's great", Sasse said.

"I'd like to say let's do the repeal and then let's try to get 60 out of 100 senators", the Nebraska Republican added. The health care plan is heavily criticized being mostly a set of tax cuts for the wealthy payed for through gutting Medicaid. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah who favor allowing Americans to opt out of government subsidized insurance altogether, if they please, and providing alternative coverage for older and sicker people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Paul said the current bill "has become the kitchen sink", and is "lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments".

The second component is a $15 billion "reinsurance" fund. There is $45 billion in here for opioid [addiction treatment].

It goes without saying that the biggest difference between the CAP plan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's is that CAP would not call for, well, the rest of BCRA.

These Republican ideas were put into BCRA in order to ease the blow created by the GOP plan to eliminate the individual mandate, which would cause instability in the Obamacare exchanges.

Trump is trying to revive an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself considered but dismissed months ago as impractical and politically unwise.

The republicans are working to the contrary for months on a bill that would repeal only some of the elements of Obamacare (for example, the obligation to take out health insurance), while retaining and reforming some aspects, a compromise meant to avoid a return too abrupt in the rear which would deny coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!" he tweeted Friday morning. Tippy the turtle will use the ensuing gap and attempt to bribe GOP holdouts with money for pet projects in the hope of gaining enough votes to pass his abhorrent bill. That's what we think needs to be done. "This is how sequester happened, because we thought we could fix the problem and never did".

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price gave a similar assessment on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

"I don't think we're getting anywhere with the bill we have". "Conversations are ongoing as we speak, so we look forward hopefully them coming back after this Fourth of July recess and getting the work done".

I have purchased health insurance for the last 20 years.

But they have not settled on how they would finance all these changes, since conservatives oppose the centrists' push to preserve one of the bill's current taxes as a way of funneling more money to those who can not afford health coverage on their own.

  • Rogelio Becker