Monday, 23 October, 2017

Senate may keep some Obamacare taxes in US healthcare overhaul

Doug Lamborn speaks during the GOP congressional debate at Centennial Hall Monday Doug Lamborn speaks during the GOP congressional debate at Centennial Hall Monday
Kristopher Nichols | 16 June, 2017, 17:53

Tell people that your new movie or album is coming out soon, but give them only a taste of what it contains, and you'll heighten the anticipation.

They spent so much energy calling Obamacare a disaster, one might think Republicans were trying to make it fail just to prove the adage that any real and lasting reform can only be achieved through bipartisan support. These norms have been watered down and abused over the years, but especially for major legislation, they are often an important way to build public understanding and support of the law.

"Part of this video is Speaker Schwartzkopf saying that "Republicans and Democrats need to come together in order to form a budget, ' well that's not true of course because democrats can pass whatever they want in the House of Representatives, without a single republican vote", explained Rep. Spiegelman".

What did jamming look like? Patty Murray (D-Wash.) during a hearing before the Senate's health appropriations subcommittee on Thursday. It's a shame that we don't have more republicans serving because, when you have your politics and your government too one sided for too long, you have tremendous distortions, you don't have the proper checks and balances.

We don't know exactly what the Senate's bill will consist of, but there are a few things we do know.

Their plan is to hold no hearings before the vote and take no input on the bill from experts, advocates or the public.

Were there back-room deals in the ACA?

His testimony came as Republican Senate leaders continued their hard push toward creating a bill that would repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare, and hold a vote on that legislation before the July 4 recess of Congress. By May 3, an amended bill had taken shape and was rushed to a vote less than 24 hours later, before the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office could analyze it.

The biggest irony of all, though, is that the ACA's passage was delayed by weeks when Democrats held closed hearings with Republicans, created to give them to cover to find a compromise.

By Mr. Toomey's lights, however, Republicans have been clear about their opposition to Obamacare for almost a decade. Similarly, 65% would oppose the community rating rule if it required they wait several months before getting in to see a specialist for medically necessary care. The Utah senator was one of Trump's most withering GOP critics throughout the 2016 campaign, calling on the party's nominee to "step aside" just one month before the election.

Conservatives also don't want the process rushed. President Donald Trump raised the stakes on those changes when he told senators this week that the House version was "mean". When the CBO scored the second bill, it found it to be virtually the same as the previous version.

But the focus on tax cuts explains why they were so eager to move on an unpopular bill that they had not read and struggled to defend or even describe.

The House GOP plan to repeal Obamacare would send premiums soaring for many folks in their 50s and early 60s, while reducing the tax credits that help them pay for policies. That would allow Republicans to pass the bill, skedaddle out of town, and then spend the rest of the summer doing their best to dodge outraged constituents at the town halls they surely won't be holding. Nor, apparently, will there be any talks.

The bill that finally passed the House, famously celebrated as a great victory in the Rose Garden, is viewed favorably by less than 30 percent of Americans.

I grasp the partisan divide about the health care debate. To that end, a group of 13 senators (all male) has operated in secret, working toward the goal of voting on a final package before the July 4th congressional recess.

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