A cynic might say that the BCRA is less a Republican health care bill than a caricature of a Republican health care bill.
"How frustrating is it to have former president Obama out there leading in the resistance?". "We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family".
The Senate bill appeared shortly after White House press secretary Sean Spicer and President Trump himself said the administration wants a bill with "heart". One of the things that should be solved are probably won't be is the Republicans and Democrats don't get together.
Pence's visit comes as Senate Republicans review a new health care plan and weigh the political benefits and liabilities of moving forward.
But Senate Republicans didn't include the surcharge in their legislation because the provision conflicts with the Senate's "Byrd Rule", a parliamentary rule that governs what can be included in a budget-reconciliation bill.
Sandoval, a Republican who accepted Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in his state, said about 210,000 people gained health coverage under the law. But it's likely to track with the House bill, which, according to the CBO, would leave 14 million more people without health insurance next year, compared to Obamacare, and 23 million more by 2026. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., one of the five senators opposing the bill.
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"We also heard the House bill was never going to pass, we heard this guy could never get elected. And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote". Individuals making less than 250 percent of the Federal poverty level and older citizens between the ages of 55 and 64 would see dramatically increased insurance costs.
Trump bemoaned the lack of help from Democrats on health care. "It's so easy, but we won't get one Democrat vote. if it was the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a bad thing. their theme is resist". Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the bill drafted in strict secrecy and hopes to ram it through as early as next week. The Senate GOP plan would give states three years to adjust to a sizable loss of federal reimbursement for Medicaid expansion.
Obamacare, by comparison, was developed over the course of months, including 60 hours of hearings in the Senate health committee, bipartisan negotiations in the finance committee, which held its longest markup session in two decades, and 25 days of debate before a floor vote.
"I've got Georgia on my mind & it's driving nat'l media insane", Pence tweeted.
McConnell is working to get other GOP holdouts to back the health-care bill for a possible vote next week, as he begins to separate those who can be won over with modest changes and those who may have unbridgeable concerns.
The Senate, meanwhile, keeps the House's tax cuts effectively intact - allowing Democrats to charge that the bill finances tax cuts for the wealthy with reductions in health care.