With a handful of Republican senators holding out on voting in favor of the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chose to not have a vote at all.
Editor: I'm gratified the healthcare debate is alive and well, splashed against the backdrop of the July 4 holiday-when we stand as one, as equals, celebrating accomplishments and values.
Disability rights groups have continued protesting the legislation, taking over several Republican senators' offices.
I have my own concerns about the Senate's health care bill, although I think conservatives should be careful not to make the ideal the enemy of the somewhat-better.
The Congressional Budget Office said in its analysis of both the House and Senate bills that premiums for people in the individual insurance market would be lower than the current baseline by 2020. Donald Trump and other Republicans want to reduce our deficit by taking health care away from millions of Americans. It does all this in the service of giving huge tax cuts to the wealthy, who do not need them.
A June 28 Fox News poll showed that only 27 percent of the USA public has favorable opinions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found would cause 22 million people to lose their health insurance by 2026. In fact, the more Republicans talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act, the more the public seems to like the law.
Veterans who don't qualify have either served less than two years or have non-military related injuries, according to the Congressional Research Service.
"Senator Toomey's comment to Fox Business News Friday that he supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without legislation to replace this vital lifeline is irresponsible and frightening".
As we have stated before, the Affordable Care Act is in dire need of fix. For example, the deep cuts to Medicaid included in the Republicans' plan threaten to devastate rural hospitals across the country. Others described the effect as North Carolinians "losing health care", which is even less accurate. "Specifically, I believe that all New Yorkers should be able to buy into Medicare at a price they can afford".
BCRA also fails to protect access to coverage for Iowa's seniors by allowing insurers to charge seniors five times more than younger people for health care coverage. Planned Parenthood is a critical health care provider for women in our state and nationwide. Moran, who'd said he could not support the current version of the bill, said health care is "almost impossible to solve" with the slim GOP majority in the Senate.