Oregon Sen. Wyden Says Trumpcare Is 'As Popular As A Root Canal'
Sep 26 2017 by Lorena Waters
Committee leaders suspended the hearing until Capitol Police could clear the room of a group chanting "No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty!" "Your state legislature and your governor", Graham testified before the Senate Committee on Finance.
The Senate must vote by Saturday in order to use a parliamentary procedure that allows the chamber to pass the bill with 50 votes, instead of 60.
If the plan does receive a vote by the end of the month, its details will have been publicly available for just over two weeks. No Democrats support the bill.
"This bill is an even harsher version of the previous failed proposals that were overwhelmingly rejected by Americans", said Betsy Imholz, special projects director for Consumers Union.
"It's like a kidney stone: pass it, pass it, pass it", Paul told reporters.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky U.S. Sen.
"What McCain has done is a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican Party", Trump said after again criticizing the GOP for campaigning on a promise to repeal Obamacare for seven years.
It's unusual that such a significant bill would have only one sponsor who specializes in health-care policy.
The Affordable Care Act expanded the Medicaid coverage program for the poor in many states and created health insurance exchanges or marketplaces where shoppers could buy private coverage with help from tax credits.
If Paul and Sen. John McCain a firm "no" on the bill, Republicans are trying to attract Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, but many have guessed the bill may be headed toward failure.
"If all we're doing is shifting the money but basically keeping the system, I don't know if we've fundamentally changed anything other than we're reshuffling who gets the money", Paul said.
The hearing marks Republicans' first in the race-against-the-clock effort to pass an ObamaCare overhaul bill proposed by Sens. Senate Democrats, led by Sen.
Trump says, "That's the only reason we don't have it, because of John McCain".
This is the one and only open hearing scheduled on the Graham-Cassidy bill, an unusual process that opponents of the bill, like Sen. Brian Tabor of the Indiana Hospital Association says it redistributes money between states to cover health care costs. It appeared that Sen. Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, who learned earlier this year that she has kidney cancer. She was as good as her word: minutes after CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation delivered a bare-bones, virtually numberless "score" of the rapidly-changing bill, Collins let it be known she would oppose it.
Collins has expressed the view that millions of people who now have insurance to pay their health care bills under Obamacare would lose it under the Republican plan. Those included Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, Maine and Texas. It also would take money earmarked for the law's Medicaid expansion and return it to states in the form of block grants. Only Louisiana, Cassidy'shome state, and Montana expanded the program that late, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The initial version, required federal approval for such action.