House GOP repeats Obamacare mistake

Posted May 08, 2017

The previous day had featured heated debates among Republicans in caucus meetings and behind closed doors, as a faction of disgruntled GOP members banded together with Democrats to add several amendments to the bill to pay for a range of items such as veterans' flights to Washington, emergency care for infants and a $300 million pool to pay for capital projects in school districts.

Short said Thursday's vote will help endear Republican House members to the conservative base as well as to Trump.

Furthermore, it caps enrollment in Medicaid expansion states in 2020 and shifts Medicaid to a block grant-style system thereafter.

Hempstead said she expects that states with more consumer protections won't go that route. This is possible only if states apply for a federal waiver to allow it. The block grant would be more restrictive since the funding level would not adjust for increases in enrollment, which often happens in bad economic times. Fortunately for McConnell only two are in any serious jeopardy, Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, but they are certain to be particularly cautious about casting their vote for anything that jeopardizes their constituents. "People will die if this becomes law of the land".

Dear Mr. Premack: I tried to read the bill the House of Representatives passed to repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at the congress.gov website, but I can not understand the wording (like in section 1902 in subsection (a)(47)(B), insert "and provided that any such election shall cease to be effective on January 1, 2020").

"Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do - everybody does". "I'm just going by my gut".

"The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation", Republican Sen.

"The Senate is starting from scratch", Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. It was their negotiations that laid the groundwork for yesterday's House vote. "Are we choosing between cuts in schools versus health care?".

Even if it gets major revisions in the Senate, the House bill is serving as a baseline for a task force in New Jersey organized by Joseph Vitale, chairman of the state Senate's health committee. Trump said he's not legally bound by limits imposed on him in the bill, including a prohibition on the Department of Justice using funds to prevent states from implementing medical-marijuana laws. And they are urging the Senate to make some serious changes to that bill.

Asked why 13 men and no women had been picked for a Senate working group on health care, Collins said "the leaders obviously chose the people they want".

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican candidate for president, has been consistently critical of his own party's attempts to make deep cuts in the Medicaid program.

"I think when people hear pre-existing condition or read about the people that this bill could directly affect, they don't think about the people in their lives who have pre-existing conditions", she said.

"Don't know what's in it", Senator Lindsey Graham said before the vote. 'We are going to get this passed through the Senate.

The bill would effectively block Planned Parenthood from securing reimbursements from Medicaid - not just for abortions, which is already the case, but for any services, from pap smears to birth control.