Police Arrest 181 at Hearing on GOP Health Care Bill

Posted September 26, 2017

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defended their proposed bill at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, where they sparred with Democratic senators.

The only remaining hope for Republican party leaders is to change opponents' minds. They pro-state - they protested in and outside the committee room, and the hearing was delayed while police officers dragged many away. Instead, Republicans have only come out with legislation that increases costs for the sick and elderly and reduces the number of people with health insurance, she said. If you want a hearing, you better shut up. John McCain and Rand Paul, meant that the GOP majority in the upper chamber lacks the votes needed to pass the bill on a simple majority basis before a September 30 deadline.

Republicans Bill Cassidy, of Louisiana, and Lindsey Graham, of SC, touted their proposal, which features reductions in Medicaid payments to states and the repeal of mandates under the Affordable Care Act.

Proponents argued the status quo will bankrupt America.

Collins was one of three Republican senators to vote against an Obamacare repeal bill in July - along with McCain and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - stopping the bill's passage on the Senate floor.

"This is one of the rare moments where we actually needed Congress to do nothing, which is what they're really good at". GOP lawmakers are facing a Saturday deadline and our congressional correspondent, Mary Bruce, is on capitol hill with the latest on where things stand. "We're going to press on, and it's ok to vote". "That is going to make some people happy and embitter other people".

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel used his Monday-night monologue to suggest that the current Republican effort to repeal Obamacare was dead - and touted his role in the effort. And that's because this bill would have taken all this money from the Affordable Care Act and instead redistribute it to states to design their whole - their own health plans. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who learned earlier this year that she has kidney cancer.

"Millions of lives are at stake".

A separate report by the health care consulting firm Avalere Health estimates that states would lose about $700 billion in federal health care funding over 10 years and $3.5 trillion over 20 years.

But the bill's poor prognosis has some Republicans hesitant to even bring the legislation to a vote. "It was clear to me that the Graham Cassidy was not the answer".

Paul criticised as "unseemly" Graham's and Cassidy's latest effort to tweak their legislation to sweeten the deal for states like Alaska, Arizona and ME in order to lure skeptical senators from those states.