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As Senate Republicans continue to revise its health care legislative drafts to try to reach 50 votes, the Congressional Budget Act estimates the impact of those changes.
The return to high rates of uninsurance expected under GOP plans to repeal and replace Obamacare would mean less access to health care for people with insurance too, researchers say.
The Senate releases an updated draft of its health care legislation. Read the bill and compare with the original.
The Republicans’ penalty would affect people buying insurance who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days over a year.
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Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage wrote an op-ed chastising Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King for their vote. But the senators defend themselves, saying they met with thousands of people to discuss improving the health care system, and concluded that the GOP proposals would’ve eliminated insurance for millions, raised premiums, hurt rural hospitals and shifted costs to states. Other lawmakers also face tough questions at home about the health care legislation.
Seven Democrats and six Republican governors from a wide range of states came together with proposals that aren’t all new, but may carry more weight considering the bipartisan push behind them.
Despite threats from President Donald Trump, many in the party are giving up and shifting their attention elsewhere. “Maybe lightning will strike and something will come together but I’m not holding my breath,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll also finds that voters want Congress to turn to other issues. Still, the results fall largely along party lines with just three out of 10 Republicans saying they wanted to keep or modify the law. Meanwhile, the most recent failure of Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act relieved some Americans.
“For months it’s been: ‘Here’s a bill, we’ll vote. No, we won’t. Now it will change. Maybe not. Will that one person vote or not?’” says Meghan Borland from Pleasant Valley, N.Y. The concern over the uncertainty on health care coverage is rippling across the country.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemed to admit defeat in passing a Republican-only health proposal after his shocking defeat in shepherding legislation through the chamber.
When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) swooped back into town after being diagnosed with brain cancer, he was hailed as “an American hero” by the president. With a simple thumbs down vote in the early hours of Friday morning, though, he went against his party and helped kill Republicans’ chance to fulfill seven years of promises. Media outlets look at what went down on Capitol Hill.
The so-called “skinny plan” kept most of the Affordable Care Act in place, only rolling back some provisions that were unpopular with Republicans. But experts warned it would send premiums skyrocketing and bring about the collapse of the individual market.
The Democratic senators say they see no point in offering up their proposals if they’re amending what they say is a shell of a health care bill.
The “clean” repeal proposal would have given lawmakers two years to come up with an alternative, but some Republicans found the idea untenable.
The plan would roll back only a few of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions, but in such a divided Senate, it might be Republicans’ only hope of getting something passed.
As senators continue to debate health care legislation, a “clean” plan to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act in two years, without replacing it, fails to garner enough votes to pass.
The Affordable Care Act should have been easy to get rid of, considering how many Americans held a low opinion of it when Republicans came into office. But a shifting tide of support has been one of the things that has complicated matters.
The plan would leave most of the law intact but would roll back the individual and employer mandates and its tax on medical devices.
Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote for the Senate to begin debate on health care legislation. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were the two Republican hold outs.
Nine senators joined Democrats to easily defeat the legislation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been working to get passed the last few weeks.
Republican leadership secure the needed 50 votes — with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to reach 51 — to bring health care legislation to the floor.
Former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) says lawmakers are too focused on politics over policy.
Not even senators seem to know what they’ll be voting on Tuesday afternoon, but these media outlets take a crack at explaining what’s going on.
President Donald Trump also lashed out at Democrats: “They run out. They say, ‘Death, death, death.’ Well, Obamacare is death. That’s the one that’s death.”