Sunday, 22 October, 2017

GOP needs to live up to promises on health care

David Durenberger David Durenberger
Christy Curtis | 28 July, 2017, 01:48

"Every Senate bill that's been produced, no matter what version they cook up, is at least as bad as the House bill and in some cases, worse than the House bill", Casey said, describing the Republican push to repeal Obamacare as an "ideological obsession".

Recent study findings have determined the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had no effect on emergency room visits in Maryland.

The parliamentary procedures being used to advance ACA-repeal efforts are getting as much attention as the content of the legislation.

This confuses me because the president and those who won congressional elections campaigned on three major important themes concerning health care. Americans, for example, like the idea of preventing insurance carriers from denying coverage to people who have pre-existing conditions. However, there are reports that the GOP's newest plan is a so-called "skinny repeal"-legislation that would undo: Obamacare's individual mandate requiring people to carry health insurance or pay a penalty; a mandate on employers to cover full time workers; and a tax on medical device companies".

Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie to clear the Senate motion to proceed with the House-passed bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, after weeks of hand-wringing and backroom deal-making by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The process has been especially startling for many given the backlash from Senate Republicans over how Democrats advanced their initial health care bill in 2009, which the GOP for years has labeled as too secretive - despite more than a year of open hearings, markups and floor debate.

In a dramatic turn, Senator John McCain returned from Arizona where he is battling brain cancer to cast a crucial vote on the bill.

According to Washington state agencies, the Republican Better Care Reconciliation Act that will form the basis of whatever the U.S. Senate will ultimately consider would kick more than 700,000 Washingtonians out of health coverage. He called on a bipartisan bill to shore up health insurance markets.

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