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Senate Delays GOP Health Care Vote Until After July 4th

Senate Delays GOP Health Care Vote Until After July 4th

“We know what everyone needs. Now we just need to make it work.”

The Senate will delay a procedural vote to begin debate on the Republican Health Care bill until after the July Fourth recess, CNN reports.

Senate Majority Leader McConnel had hoped to open debate on the bill prior to the holiday.

Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office (whose opinion we’ve thoroughly discussed previously) scored the bill, leaving some lawmakers hesitant.

Sens. Collins, Paul, Heller, Lee, and Johnson have said they’ll vote “no” in a procedural vote that would allow debate on the legislation unless certain changes were made. Sen. Cruz is open to negotiations on the bill but has expressed displeasure with the legislation’s current form.

CNN reports:

A senior Senate Republican aide told CNN that the plan for the moment is to hammer out a compromise bill by the end of this week, give members the full week of recess to digest and then vote on it when they get back.

“We know what everyone needs,” the aide said. “Now we just need to make it work.”

The news followed a bustling morning in the Capitol, where Republican leaders, along with Pence, were meeting behind closed doors with the bill’s opponents, as a number of senators came out against voting for a procedural step to advance their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

As we discussed with the House version of the AHCA, delaying discussion on a health care overhaul isn’t necessarily bad. Substantive changes to the health insurance market is certainly not a discussion that should be rushed. Having said that, if Senate Republicans are having difficulty gaining enough support to debate the bill, it’s hard to see how they’ll have the support for its passage.

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Feckless Republican wimps.
This is easy: Repeal obamacare, then put together the minimum needed quickly to phase out of the obamacare subsidies.

Just go through listening to Barasso from Wyoming sounding like a Democrat. How clueless ARE these guys? Forget about the Democrats already! Geez! They LOST the 2016 elections! There is only one team on the field, THE REPUBLICANS!

We didn’t elect Trump and the rest to SAVE ObamaCare. We certainly didn’t vote to save ObamaCare by passing an even worse version! Everyone promised REPEAL! Repeal it already? Make it legal to sell me health insurance! I used to have a great health insurance plan that I could afford. Now my only decision is whether I want to pay for the ObamaCare Tax so I can no be able to afford health care or pay the penalty and at least be able to afford my annual physical.

Come on Trump, primary these guys. Next year’s elections are not going to be about losing to any dopey Democratic candidates but finding enough candidates to primary the Democrats in our own party. Get started today. Let’s hear it from Corey Lewandowski and Kelly Ann!

Corey! Corey! Corey! Corey!

johnnycab23513 | June 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm

I spend too much time in the Emergency Room. I see many people go through without insurance. I have never seen anyone refused treatment for inability to pay. Often, the people without insurance have new cars aand smartphones with all the bells and whistles.Lack of insurance is a choice,

buckeyeminuteman | June 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

People have voted for Republicans since 2010 because they promised to repeal Obamacare. People voted for Trump in 2016 because he promised to repeal Obamacare (among other things). Don’t let history pass you by. Repeal the entire thing. After that, set up some new laws that cap malpractice lawsuits and allow the sale of insurance across state lines.

Dems are poised to lose a lot more Senate seats in 2018. If you don’t have the votes to repeal in entirety until after that election, keep the Democrat-inflicted pain around and remind people why you need a 60-senator majority. Oh, and get rid of McConnell as majority leader while you’re at it.

    First of all, it is impossible for Republican Congressmen to repeal Obamacare, unless they replace it with….Obamacare. Repealing Obamacare would result in a significant number of people losing their healthcare insurance. And, without healthcare insurance, healthcare has become largely unaffordable. For most elected officials, this would be political suicide.

    What is this medical malpractice cap BS? What reduces medical malpractice claims is fighting them. If a person sues for medical malpractice and loses, he should have to pay, at least, the legal fees of the defendant, if not for additional damages. What still happens with most medical malpractice claims is that the defendant’s insurer settles out of court for a portion of the claim. This simply encourages more people to file frivolous lawsuits. If a doctor commits obvious malpractice, he should at least have to pay for that malpractice and, if it is egregious enough, he probably should be stripped of his medical license. Selling insurance across state lines doesn’t work so well, either. It assumes that companies are willing to insure persons in a particular state but can’t, because of state regulations. However, the voters of a state can change those regulations by replacing existing legislators with those willing to relax regulations.

    As to waiting for the pain of Obamacare to become unbearable, that is the plan. It has always been the plan. The problem is what to do to solve the problem. And, the only answer which is politically survivable is to replace private healthcare insurance with government funded healthcare insurance programs [think Medicare and Medicaid].

“We know what everyone needs,”

Right there. Spoken like a condescending, true gubmint-loving collectivist hack, proving one more time how clueless both Republicans and Bolsheviks are.

When it comes to vacation vs. repealing Obamacare, it’s good to know where the Senate’s priorities lie.

Quit screwing around and just repeal it. One of the reasons Trump won isn’t it?

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