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Understanding Congressional Confusion on Health Care

20 June 2017, 11:02 | Terri Saunders

Understanding Congressional Confusion on Health Care

President Donald Trump walks with National Security Adviser H.R. Mc Master on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday. Trump recently told Republican senators that the health care bill passed in the House is “mean” and urged them to craft a

But you know, even as we speak, there are a number of Republican senators who've seen nothing more than an outline or a PowerPoint summary of the legislation. It needs to be posted soon. However, the bill does still allow states to choose whether to require insurers to cover essential health benefits, which include emergency room care, hospitalization, maternity care, and prescription medicines.

Democrats are demolishing the lies and delivering facts as a first step in derailing the secret Republican health care bill.

Repealing Obamacare is a popular idea among Republican voters, but as the House tried to find a way to do that, Obamacare started to get more popular, even among some Republicans.

Medicaid is not just for the poor. "But I think you're going to see some effort to highlight that this has never been done before", Missouri Sen.

The expansion reaches individuals earning about $15,800 a year in New Mexico, or $32,319 for a family of four.

But Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., chided Republicans for hiding the legislation that will likely result in millions of Americans losing their health care coverage.

Schumer then asked if the Senate would have at least 10 hours to review the bill.

The House health care bill proposes gutting the program, effectively ending enhanced federal funding for Medicaid in 2020. Nothing is known about the Senate bill, Wernham said.

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Democrats are also weighing their options this week on how to slow the GOP's health care efforts. Sen. The state now has 187,000 people on Medicaid under the expanded program for adults.

In fairness, several GOP senators have publicly criticized their own party's process. Sen. This bill taints everyone who touches it. Visits to RiverStone number 71,000 annually.

Don Ritchie, the official historian emeritus of the U.S. Senate, told the L.A. Times last week that during the Wilson administration, Senate Democrats crafted major tariff reforms in secret, but such an approach to federal legislating "hasn't happened since". Steve Daines, R-Mont., said, according to The Hill. "There's a group of guys in a backroom somewhere making these decisions". And HSAs work with lower-to average-cost medical expenses. While senators acknowledge that the bill is nearing completion, unlike in the past with nearly every major bill the GOP hasn't held a single committee hearing or even publicly shared the draft texts of what they're working on. It won't continue progress toward health-care coverage for all Americans made under Obamacare, but will do considerable harm. The Senate is still working the backstop for its high-risk pool plan, Daines said.

But GOP aides say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is eager to move on past the health care issue and is charging ahead with a vote despite the uncertainty surrounding whether it could pass. Tester has said Republicans should focus on fixing the Affordable Care Act, rather than undermining it.

So, sure, it's a good thing when GOP senators acknowledge reality and raise public concerns about the indefensible partisan gambit underway, but until these Senate Republicans are prepared to back up their concerns with action, the rhetoric is ultimately hollow and meaningless. But Republicans have been unwilling to improve the ACA and have undercut its banks in some cases.

GOP President Donald Trump is pushing the process along after actively lobbying for the draconian House AHCA.

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