Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

CBO: Revised Senate health bill still leaves 22 million uninsured

Trump to senators: Cancel holiday until Obamacare repealed CBO: ObamaCare repeal bill will increase uninsured by 17M in 2018
Garry Little | 24 July, 2017, 01:52

Numerous most recent exits were fueled by uncertainty and the commitment of the current White House to, as President Donald Trump said Tuesday, "let Obamacare fail".

Only two Republican senators voted against the 2015 repeal, Susan Collins, of ME, who is still a "no", and Mark Kirk, of IL, who is out of the Senate.

Odd appeared on the Washington Watch radio show following the lunch. For seven years, you had an easy route, we'll repeal, we'll replace, and he's never going to sign it. We have a good proposal.

Senator King: "The events of the last couple of days around here with regard to health care have given us a real opportunity to do something together on a bipartisan basis - to improve the present health care delivery system in this country".

"I strongly support that approach".

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of Republican health care reform are greatly exaggerated. And she and Arizona Republican John McCain have a bill to bring greater transparency to prescription drug pricing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to hold a vote for a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) next week after a Bill to repeal and replace collapsed on Monday with the Republican Party sharply divided.

"It appears we'll have a vote on Tuesday but we don't know whether we'll be voting on the House bill, the first version of the Senate bill, the second version of the Senate bill", Republican Senator Susan Collins told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

That might be enough to pick up several moderate Republican votes, but Sen. Vice President Mike Pence was expected to cast the tiebreaking vote in favor of the new Republican plan in the case of a tie in the Senate vote.

Republicans voted 60 times to repeal Obamacare, when Barack Obama was president, knowing he would veto it.

While Senator Paul says the discussion at the White House was a productive one, there's still some hurdles standing in President Trump's way of getting all the Republican senators on board. Trump said his plan was to "let Obamacare fail", and, if it does, he said he would not "own it".

This is not to say that it would be easy or simple to fix what is wrong with Obamacare, whose shortcomings have always been obvious.

"I think we all agreed it is better to vote to repeal and replace". In my state, we have thousands of people with no options for any coverage.

By 2020, about half of the nation's population would live in areas where no insurer was participating in the nongroup market because of lack of pressure on enrollment from the lack of an individual or employer mandate, and higher premiums, the CBO report said.

Average premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by roughly 25 percent-relative to projections under current law-in 2018.

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