Senate Trumpcare: Some Trouble in Mitch McConnell’s Paradise
It’s a terrible, awful, bad, very bad, no good so-called healthcare bill. It simply drops an atomic bomb on healthcare in this country. It cuts 14 million off of Medicaid and ultimately takes us back not just to the pre Obamacare era but the pre Medicaid error.
Even on its own terms it fails. Mitch McConnell’s office tweeted out this statement about Senate Trumpcare. They ought to call it The lies of Mitch McConnell. Here is one glaring example:
“It improves the affordability of health insurance, which keeps getting more expensive under Obamacare.”
Oh, but no. It’s actually the worst of all worlds as not only does Trumpcare cut the health insurance of millions and reduce care, but it fails even on its own terms of dropping premiums and deductibles.
“But the Senate bill released last week and the House bill passed last month take the opposite approach: They include policies that encourage higher deductibles and dramatically raise out-of-pocket costs, in some cases by thousands of dollars per person. The president has embraced both efforts even though they violate his repeated promises.”
“Under Obamacare, insurers cover a large portion of out-of-pocket costs for individuals making up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level — about $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for a family of four. In exchange, the federal government reimburses them for the difference. The theory is that customers in this income range would otherwise struggle to benefit from a silver plan with deductibles of $7,500.”
“But the House and Senate bills each eliminate these cost-sharing provisions — and the effects would be dramatic, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. If you’re an individual making around $18,000 a year, your effective deductible would be about $255 under Obamacare. Under the Senate bill, though, that number would jump to over $6,000 — almost 24 times higher.”
And there is clearly some trouble in McConnell’s GOP caucus.
Many Senate GOPers are revealing reservations and demanding that there be more time-or, you know, maybe some.
Remember when McConnell accused the Democrats of a ram through?
“Is what Senate Republicans have done anything at all like what Senate Democrats did to pass the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act? We wish.
“Why? Because a quick look at what happened on the Senate side of the 2009-2010 health reform battle reveals that Senate Democrats didn’t hide their bill in the shadows – and their legislation wasn’t “jammed down people’s throat,” as claimed by Trump spokesman Sean Spicer.
“Thirty-five weeks of opportunities – hearings, summits, bipartisan roundtables, negotations – allowing Republicans to thoroughly review and offer their proposals and amendments before a Senate vote on Obamacare? That’s hardly ramming.”
“Keeping legislation in “a bunkered-down part of Capitol Hill where even some Republicans were not able to access it” and then racing to get the bill on the Senate floor within a week and voted on with debate limited to 20 hours? That’s textbook ramming, folks.”
The Dems had 35 weeks while McConnell is limiting it to 20 hours-and hoping to reveal the actual bill in the last hour. ‘
Meanwhile, GOP moderates say They won’t cut health insurance.
Glad to hear it. Now do they realize that’s what Trumpcare does?
Unless major changes to the Senate bill preserve existing insurance coverage, any successful version of this proposal will still lead to millions of people losing insurance — and these moderate senators going back on their word. Those losses will be particularly acute for people on Medicaid.
“Stay tuned to see whether these moderates claim enough changes to support the final bill. Meanwhile, Trump says he wants the same thing. On Sunday, the president admitted in a Fox and Friends interview he called the House bill “mean” and wants the Senate to pass a bill that preserves insurance gains.”
That’s the question. Cleary Mitch McConnell is not there yet. We know this because of this:
Senate GOP scrambles to revise Obamacare repeal bill
They’re expected to release a revised version today to try to curb dissent in the party.”
In other words-it’s working folks. Our opposition is seeping through.
Continue to call the GOP Senators who are undecided about this bad, very bad, no good bill.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 24, 2017
So McConnell is forced to make concessions.
“Senate Republicans are expected to release a revised version of their bill to repeal Obamacare as early as Monday aimed at quelling growing dissent in the party over last week’s initial effort, according to people familiar with the matter.”
“The Republican leadership and its allies are working furiously to tamp down criticism of the legislation and a voting timetable that will provide perhaps just a couple a days for senators to review the final product.”
“In a pointed exchange with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said the bill does “nothing adequate to bring down the premiums” and said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should allow more time before a vote. Hewitt responded: “That’s why you got reelected, to pass this bill this week. It’s a disaster not to do so.”
“You don’t have to do it this week. I just completely disagree … I see what leadership’s trying to do. They’re trying to jam this thing through,” Johnson said.
Yep, this is what ram through looks like.
Again-we can’t celebrate yet. It’ shows we’re having an impact but must keep at it. I have no desire to praise Mitch McConnell but as I said yesterday, he’s an evil but patient, disciplined turtle. He’s like Trump with great discipline and patience. Which makes him dangerous.
He will work like the devil-which won’t be hard for him-to sweeten this just enough for the Susan Collins and Dean Heller GOPers to give them the excuse to say -‘Ok, I spoke to Speaker McConnell about my concerns, he listened, and he fixed it. This is a good bill that doesn’t ‘pull the rug out from anyone.’
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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