BREAKING: Senate health care bill released (It’s awful)
Police Forcibly Remove DisableHealth Care Bill Protesters Outside Mitch McConnell’s Office
Capitol Police forcibly removed protesters gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday, with at least one photo showing drops of blood on the hallway floor.
Protesters stage “die-in” outside senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell’s office.
Published on Jun 22, 2017
After the release of the Senate’s health care bill draft, protesters, many disabled, staged a “die-in” outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.
Associated Press has uploaded Senate GOP Leaders Unveil Health Care Plan
Published on Jun 22, 2017
Senate Republican leaders are ready to release their plan for rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. (June 22)
The Senate finally made their Trumpcare bill public, and it’s even worse than expected.
It slashes Medicaid even more than the House bill did AND eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood. Tens of millions would still lose health care. And all these cuts would be used to pay for massive tax breaks for the richest Americans.
And believe it or not, Maine Senator Susan Collins STILL hasn’t said she will vote against it. Senator Collins is widely seen as the leading moderate Republican in the Senate. If she goes along with this thing, it’s over.
Progressive Portland is one of the most effective new grassroots organizations in Maine and they’re mobilizing unprecedented pressure with sit-ins at Senator Collins’s offices in Maine, a flood of phone calls, and more.
The Senate bill was just made public–but they’re planning to hold a vote on it NEXT WEEK.
That’s why we’re throwing everything we’ve got at Senator Collins and the other key senators we need to stop this bill.
Last week, more than 60 people participated in our sit-ins at Susan Collins’s offices in Portland and Bangor–and her staff told us that she hated the House bill and was just waiting to see the details on the Senate bill.
Now the Senate bill is public, and it’s time for her to stop playing games.
Right now, the phones are ringing off the hook in Senator Collins’s office with Progressive Portland members making our voices heard. With your help, we can ramp it up still further by expanding our advertising buys and more.
Diane Russell is a former Maine state representative, speaker and Sanders delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and The Nation magazine’s “2011 Most Valuable State Representative.”
From The Huffington Post.Com
Read The Full Text Of The Senate Health Care Bill
A draft of the health care bill that Senate Republicans largely have kept a secret was made public Thursday.
The bill has been largely a secret until now.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham joked: “We’ll know if it’s a boy or girl tomorrow.”
McConnell has very little room for error — he can only lose two Republican votes and still pass the bill.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday night
he hopes to “surprise” with a plan that has “heart.”
“I hope we are going to surprise with a really good plan,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “You know I’ve been talking about a plan with heart. I said add some money to it. A plan with heart, but Obamacare is dead.”
The House passed its version of health care reform last month, but while Republicans celebrated that bill with Trump at the White House, the President has since called it “mean.”
A senior administration official said Senate leaders sounded “optimistic” about the fate of the health care bill in the Senate during their briefing for White House officials Wednesday night.
Can McConnell get the votes?
Senior GOP senators were still putting final touches on the draft legislation on Wednesday, and it is still likely to change before any vote as members express their preferences.
Much like in the House, where moderate and conservative lawmakers were deeply divided on health care policy leading up to a vote in May, Senate Republicans also have clashing ideological views and priorities.
Some of the key issues that lawmakers are most concerned about include Medicaid reform, regulatory waivers, the state stability fund and tax credits. McConnell has a tough needle to thread: making significant concessions to conservatives risks losing moderate votes, and vice versa.
What will CBO say?
The legislation will also have to undergo parliamentary scrutiny to ensure that it meets the strict requirements on what can or can’t be included in a bill under the budget reconciliation process.
One report that will inform Senate Republicans as they decide whether to support the bill will be a score from the Congressional Budget Office, expected to come out in the coming days.
The CBO analysis will shed light on how much money the bill would cost and how many people would be covered. Senate Republicans hope to see better headlines from this CBO report than the one that the House GOP legislation received. CBO said the House bill would result in 23 million fewer people insured in 2026 than under Obamacare.
What’s in the bill and differences with the House
While the Senate bill is largely similar to the House passed-bill, there are some key differences.
Medicaid has been one of the central sticking points in the debate. The bill would continue the enhanced Medicaid expansion funding from Obamacare until 2021 and then phase it out over three years. This is a concession to moderates, who weren’t pleased that the House version would end the enhanced support for new enrollees in 2020.
However, conservatives also get some of what they want when it comes to overhauling the entire Medicaid program. The Senate bill would keep the House plan to send a fixed amount of money to states each year based on enrollment or as a lump sum block grant. But it would shrink the program even more over time by pegging the annual growth rate of those funds to standard inflation, rather than the more generous medical inflation, starting in 2025. This would likely force states to cut enrollment, benefits or provider payments.
The Senate bill would also largely maintain Obamacare’s premium subsidies structure, but tighten the eligibility criteria starting in 2020. Fewer middle class folks would get help because only those earning up to 350% of the poverty level would qualify, rather than the 400% threshold contained in Obamacare. But it would also open up the subsidies to enrollees below the poverty level so those living in states that didn’t expand Medicaid could get some assistance.
Senators opted to keep Obamacare’s subsidies to prevent the funds from being used for abortions. The House bill called for creating tax credits based largely on age, but adding abortion restrictions to these credits could have run afoul of Senate rules governing the bill. Still, the similarities to Obamacare will likely infuriate conservatives such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who decried the House version as “Obamacare Lite.”
Also, as in the House bill, it would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.
The Senate also backs away from some last minute House concessions to conservatives that would have allowed states to opt out of several protections for those with pre-existing conditions
, but insurers would not be allowed to charge higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions.
The bill would also aim to shore up the existing Obamacare market by allocating funds for the cost-sharing subsidies until 2019. This will placate insurers, who were distraught by Trump’s refusal to commit to continue making these payments, leading many carriers to hike rates or drop out of the exchanges for 2018.