GOP senators working to repeal Obamacare will likely keep some of the same taxes in the law they've slammed in the past in so they can delay drastic funding cuts to Medicaid that would affect the poor and disabled, sources told Reuters.
The two leaders struck a tone of bipartisanship in a joint interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper Thursday night at the Congressional Baseball Game, though they stressed they still had their policy differences. "But the proof's in the details when they finally get a bill out".
On Tuesday, 45 conservative groups and activists sent a letter to Sen. On Sunday Sen. Marco Rubio R-Fla., who was also on "Face the Nation" criticized his own colleagues and said, "The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote on the floor". Others have called for keeping all of the ACA's taxes, but scaling them back, according to the article.
The new 30-second spots come on top of new ads on rural radio stations from Save My Care targeting the same senators, as well as an 11-state ad buy that the AARP announced this week targeting Senate Republicans. The taxes are largely needed to pay for additional spending in the Senate bill, such as beefed-up tax credits. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been silent thus far.
"Our members and other Americans over age 50 are very anxious about legislation that would raise their premiums through what is, in effect, an age tax, weaken Medicare, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and make changes to Medicaid that would put some of our most vulnerable citizens at risk", said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. John Thune (R-S.D.), the 3rd-ranking Republican in the Upper Chamber, told the newswire this week.
MacArthur's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's description of the bill MacArthur helped resuscitate.
Under Senate rules, their bill must replicate the $133 billion in savings projected by preliminary legislation that passed in the House last month. The House bill, which passed with just a four-vote margin, would end the federal match for Medicaid services, and replace it with a set amount for each recipient.
Moderate Republican senators from states that expanded Medicaid, including Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Dean Heller of Nevada, have proposed phasing out the expansion over a seven-year period, from 2020 to 2027, to give state governors more time to cut program costs. No one outside the group of Republican senators crafting this bill has any idea of what's in it. President Trump has made a regular part of his attacks against Democrats in Congress by calling Senate Democrats "obstructionists", arguing they are slowing work on all of his nominations.
"There's no question that the current debate is not centered on eliminating all the taxes in Obamacare right now", added Sen. Tim Scott of SC said last week.