Friday, July 14, 2017
Senators still don't want Mitch's shiny bits
Mitch brought forth his new and improved Killer "Health Care" Bill and aside from a few new shiny bits and some polish on some of the more exposed points, it is still the same turd as it was last time. And he has not attracted any of the more intelligent Republican dissenters.
Senate Republican leaders on Thursday unveiled a fresh proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, revising their bill to help hold down insurance costs for consumers while allowing insurers to sell new low-cost, stripped down policies.Do not be fooled by the references to "moderate" Republicans, there is no such thing. The Republican Party is made up of violently misanthropic reactionaries. Some are just too invested in their election personas to give them up.
Those changes and others, including a decision to keep a pair of taxes on high-income people and to expand the use of tax-favored health savings accounts, were intended to bridge a vast gap between the Senate’s most conservative Republicans, who want less regulation of health insurance, and moderate Republicans concerned about people who would be left uninsured.
But Republican leaders will have to battle for votes ahead of a final showdown they hope will come next week. Two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a conservative, said they were not swayed — even on a procedural motion to take up the bill for debate.
Several others, from both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum, expressed misgivings.
Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah and a strong conservative, said, “The new Senate health care bill is substantially different from the version released last month, and it is unclear to me whether it has improved.”
But more moderate members were upset by cuts to Medicaid, the health program for low-income people.
Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia and a moderate voice, expressed “serious concerns about the Medicaid provisions” in the latest draft, and Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, expressed similar concern.
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