Health bill consideration delayed


John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2017.

But questions emerged Sunday over when that might be.

The senator will remain in Arizona next week to heal after having a blood clot removed from his left eye. Eighty-four percent of enrollees reported that they were able to get all the care they or their physician believed was necessary in the past six months; 3% of enrollees reported that they were not able to get care because of waiting times or because physicians did not accept their insurance.

But the immediate outcry illustrated the hard political terrain that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must navigate.

Many more moderate House members, meanwhile, told themselves the real bill would be written by the Senate, which no doubt would be less harsh on Medicaid.

Republican governors don't like the Medicaid cuts, and some have been vocal. Several Republican senators have expressed reservations or outright opposition to the new version as well, and Republicans need McCain's vote to have any chance of passing it.

"I do think we have a better story than in other states", Wright said. "But at some point, if Democrats won't participate in the process, then we're going to have to come up with a different plan".

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the Senate Republican health care bill is "not the entire plan" for repealing Obamacare.

The biggest lie that President Trump and other Republican leaders have been repeating about the Affordable Care Act for years is that it is collapsing, imploding or exploding. "In all the ways that matter, the health care bill unveiled today is the same atrocious bill they couldn't pass two weeks ago".

Moderate Sen. Susan Collins of ME told reporters she had informed McConnell she would be voting against beginning debate on the bill, citing in part cuts in the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled. Sen.

"It's just Insurance 101", Lueck said.

To check what conservatives say is the "unsustainable" growth of Medicaid spending, the GOP bill lowers the rate of traditional Medicaid spending and caps how much is spent on each person. "These are people that used to get their treatment in emergency rooms, if they got any treatment at all". It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes.

Hoeven said of McConnell: "He's asking everybody to work with him, and a lot of us are saying 'yeah, ' and we've got more work to do".

She added, "There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill".

Holding only a two-vote majority, Senate leaders can only afford two defections.

McConnell made the decision to delay consideration of the bill due to McCain's absence. "And the more that everybody's going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare".

Such plans would be far cheaper than comprehensive coverage and nearly certainly draw younger, healthier people away from high-benefit insurance, analysts said. With the insurance coverage of millions at stake, interviewers like Chuck Todd must be better prepared to confront Republican lawmakers when they make their case with lies and misrepresentations. "The problem is the substance".

Capito, in an interview Tuesday, and Grassley in a call with reporters Wednesday, said Cruz's idea would make insurance unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions. Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, a Republican, and others have questioned the validity of those assumptions.

One the most immediate steps it takes is to stabilize the exchanges that many people use to purchase insurance.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) plans to release its analysis of the revised plan's potential effect on the budget early next week.

Without more information on the Cassidy-Graham proposal, he said, it's too soon to evaluate its merits.

The author of the proposal, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, insurance companies would also be allowed to sell low-priced plans that do not meet "Obamacare" standards. Both have said they oppose the bill in its current form, for very different reasons, and will not vote even to begin debate.

Bare bones health insurance plans may be a good deal for those who aren't sick. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.