Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Senate Delays Health Care Vote Due to Lack of Support

Senate Delays Health Care Vote Due to Lack of Support

"We're still working toward getting 50 people in a comfortable place", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the media Tuesday afternoon after delaying the vote until after the Senate returns from the week-long holiday break.

Republicans only hold a 52-48 edge over Democrats in the Senate and at least eight Republicans have expressed misgivings or outright opposition to the current bill. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, joined other Senate Democrats for a press conference highlighting people from their districts who would be negatively impacted by the health care law.

The highly anticipated score answers key questions about the impact of the Senate's controversial legislation made public last Thursday.

"It's an ongoing discussion, and several of them want more time", he said of Republican lawmakers. But the super rich, those making $5 million or more, would receive an average tax cut of almost $250,000.

The House passed its version of an Obamacare repeal bill in May.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that the evolving Senate bill violates women's constitutional rights by de-funding Planned Parenthood.

Next year alone, 15 million more people would be without health insurance, the CBO estimated. That could be a particular concern to Sen. The Senate Republicans, that's who.

A U.S. bill Republicans are working on to replace Obamacare would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. Those ages are just shy of when people begin qualifying for Medicare coverage.

The CBO also found the bill would reduce deficits by $321 billion compared with Obamacare.

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The House, also dominated by Republicans, is expected to vote to override on Wednesday, passing the budget bill into law. The veto announcement could set the stage for the General Assembly to adjourn its annual work session by this weekend.

One of those moderates, Sen.

The Senate vote was postponed Tuesday amid a lack of sufficient support for the bill.

McConnell is struggling to appease two factions in his party. It would impose a 30 percent surcharge on premiums for people who have gone without insurance.

The largest chunk of savings would come from cuts to Medicaid, federal spending on which the CBO predicts would decline by 26 percent over the next ten years. And it would put annual caps on overall Medicaid money the government until now has automatically paid states, whatever the costs. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas - have said they're not backing the bill unless it moves to the right. For many low- and middle-income Americans who now receive subsidies, their share of premiums would rise.

But the office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments. That's because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Obama's law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs.

America First Policies was formed days following President Trump's inauguration with the intention of supporting his agenda.

Republicans are still smarting from the brutal fight that led to the narrow passage of the House of Representatives' version of the health care bill in May, which is seemingly why McConnell and his allies have attempted to push their bill through as quickly and quietly as possible.

The bill repeals the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to obtain health insurance if they can afford it or else face penalties. This would supposedly incentivize people to buy into coverage so they would not risk being barred from insurance for an extended period if they were to become sick.

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