Sen. Cruz on Supporting Health Bill: 'Depends What's In' It

14 July, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Sen. Tim Kaine listens to parents of medically complex children during a round table discussion in Northern Virginia

"Instead of having a one-size-fits-all solution from Washington, we should return dollars back to the states to address each individual state's health-care needs", Graham said in releasing the plan.

"I don't think it's a deal-breaker for me, but it's definitely a negative because it's going to contribute to slower economic growth", Toomey said.

An amendment to the GOP's healthcare plan written by two Republican senators would shift the majority of federal funding and decisionmaking on ObamaCare directly to the states.

"Medicaid, except for the extension part of Medicaid, is not really a part of fixing the Affordable Care Act", he said.

Republicans hold a razor-thin 52-seat majority in the 100-member Senate, and McConnell will have to balance the desires of moderates, who are tired of increasing the number of their constituents who will lack insurance, with those who say the first draft legislation did not go far enough in eliminating Obamacare. If three of the 52 GOP Senators oppose the bill, it will fail in the Senate.

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It comes two weeks after he announced his decision to delay the vote on the previous health care bill. Changes include provisions allowing insurers to sell plans that don't guarantee coverage of certain health conditions or charge more for individuals with per-existing conditions, both meant to win over conservative Republican senators.

"Every time you move, you kind of move the dial one direction, you maybe add some new members, but maybe you lose a couple over here".

The House of Representatives passed its own version in May. Voters are also divided on President Donald Trump's role in the ACA repeal and replace process, with 27 percent saying the president has been too involved in efforts to pass the bill. Republicans have sought for seven years to gut the law, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, which they describe as a costly government overreach. Obamacare can be fixed but what the House and Senate Republicans have proposed is not reform and is not acceptable.

As a whole, 57 percent of USA voters said they would like to see Republican members compromise, while 34 percent believe Republicans should go at it alone and 8 percent said they do not know or have no opinion.

Kennedy gave the Senate 50/50 odds of passing health care legislation next week.

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