The hefty downsides of the 'skinny' health-care proposal

The hefty downsides of the 'skinny' health-care proposal

Lisa Murkowski's "no" votes on health care had put the state's future with the administration in jeopardy. Seven Republicans voted against the measure, showing that repealing the health law without an immediate replacement lacks crucial support among Republicans.

After failing to rally behind an Obamacare replacement plan, some Republicans are gearing up to rush a scaled-back repeal bill through the Senate this week.

As for the ad spending in the health-care fight, here's what one of us has written: "The Republican senators whose votes are crucial to the fate of health care in America have faced a $15 million barrage of TV advertising from outside groups opposing the GOP legislation - and no air cover from any group backing the bills". Paul. The substance of the legislation is largely similar to a bill that Congress passed in late 2015, knowing that it would be (and ultimately was) vetoed by President Obama.

On Tuesday Congressional Republicans formally began debate on measures that would repeal and replace Obamacare.

"If there is no longer a requirement for everyone to purchase coverage, it is critical that any legislation include strong incentives for people to obtain health insurance and keep it year-round", the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in a statement Wednesday.

With the outcome of the plan hanging in the balance, Johnson spent several minutes speaking face-to-face with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, as the two stood over a desk in the middle of the Senate chamber. They may also consider a version of their earlier bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which would also repeal the individual mandate.

A Senate GOP aide told Independent Journal Review he expects such an outcome to be the Republican strategy, rather than muddling through the complexities of health care reform in conference.

But now, with Republican President Donald Trump in the White House and ready to sign a bill, the stakes are real - as are the realities of voting to repeal the current health care law without a replacement in place.

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Despite Capito's backing, the Senate defeated the bill on a 57-43 vote.

The Senate effort to repeal Obamacare may have lost a lot of muscle. The idea, by all accounts, is to strip away the more divisive elements of repeal ― the cuts to Medicaid and private insurance tax credits, the weakening of regulations that protection people with pre-existing conditions, and the elimination of new taxes on the wealthy.

This left the tally at 50 for and 50 against, with vice president Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to pass the measure.

Even if Senate Republicans pass a bare-bones bill and try to revive a bigger health care bill in negotiations with the House, the parliamentarian's finding could make it harder to resuscitate any kind of regulation rollback in those talks. Under the complex rules governing how the legislation is being considered, the debate will culminate at some point Thursday afternoon or evening in a freakish exercise called a "vote-a-rama" during which unlimited amendments can be offered by all sides in rapid succession.

That proposal would significantly gut the Affordable Care Act by repealing its unpopular individual and employer mandates, ending Medicaid expansion and rolling back a slew of the law's taxes, the CNN reported.

The first was a package that included the repeal-and-replace draft Senate leadership wrote up this summer but never made it to a floor vote, which failed on a series of procedural votes Tuesday night.

Of course, Senate leaders have said they view the skinny bill mainly as a placeholder.

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