Here's What to Watch as the Senate Fights Over Healthcare Reform

Posted June 25, 2017

Cassidy, who spent much of his medical career working for Louisiana's charity hospital system, has said he has problems with the bill that won House passage. "Well, they're also four good guys, four friends of mine, and I think that they'll probably get there", he said.

In a departure from the version the House approved last month, which President Donald Trump privately called "mean", the Senate plan would drop the House's waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions.

Further, this legislative scheme that will take away health care for millions of Americans is being supported by a bunch of Senate Republicans whose health care coverage is guaranteed by the taxpayer.

Senators Murphy and Blumenthal and other Democrats in Washington say the cuts in the subsidies and Medicaid are all created to give the wealthy tax breaks on investment and payroll income and tax breaks to insurance companies.

"The current bill does not repeal Obamacare", Rand Paul, one of the four Senators, along with Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah, who have said in a joint statement that they're "not ready to vote for this bill". Unfortunately, like the House-passed bill (which is named the "American Health Care Act", or AHCA), BCRA does not come close to adequately replacing the gains made by the ACA in terms of the number of Americans who enjoy the security and peace of mind which comes with quality, affordable health care coverage for them and their families.

This press conference may have been Heller laying claim to one of the two lifeboats that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can spare in order to get to 50 votes.

In a separate statement, Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, said the Medicaid cuts in the Better Care Reconciliation Act would put pressure on state budgets and likely lead to cuts to education budgets.

Senate Republican leadership released their highly anticipated health care bill this week, but as of now, there's a lot of uncertainty over whether it will pass the Senate. Cutting Medicaid is an assault on 6 million seniors, will keep 33 million parents up at night worrying about how to care for their children, abandons 10 million Americans living with disabilities, and impacts 1.75 million veterans.

Some of the steepest cuts would be to the commonwealth's Medicaid expansion, which covers 716,000 lower-income people statewide.

President Trump tweeted that he is "very supportive of the Senate health care bill, and looks forward to making it really special". But Paul Ryan's bill contained a fatal flaw. Numerous companies help manage state Medicaid programs, meaning their profits can be hurt by those cuts as well.