Senators must deliver on healthcare bill

Senators must deliver on healthcare bill

John McCain created a moment of enormous drama Thursday night when he thumbs-downed the Republicans' last-gasp attempt to keep the Obamacare repeal alive.

President Trump has been playing to that crowd ever since his election campaign.

The American Conservative Union focused its ire on Collins, Murkowski and McCain, calling them "the three "Republican" sellouts [who] sided with liberals in the Senate to force this failed health care system on all Americans".

Hatch told reporters after the vote last week that he didn't think Democrats showed any desire to work with Republicans on healthcare, adding, "We always have a few guys on our side that just won't cooperate". Given that Senate Republicans couldn't figure out a bill capable of winning 51 Senate votes, it was hard to imagine how a conference with the House could have done the same. Some Republicans will think it's just a little too cruel while others will feel it doesn't kill enough people, and getting those two sides to agree on anything - as we've clearly seen - is extremely hard.

Mulvaney appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

"As a Senate, as leaders, we have an obligation to do better for those whom we serve", Murkowski said Friday. IT'S TIME! Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW. By the end, senators were heard harshly criticizing a measure they were about to support even as they demanded assurances that it would not become law. His quicker-than-expected return was to make sure vote was pushed through in order to provide momentum for a bill that was said to have been dying. The New Yorker's take was typical: "Throughout his political life, John McCain has for many reasons enjoyed bipartisan respect and even reverence: his independence of mind (usually), his candor (usually), his decency, his love of country."... Krugman asks. "Because, as they also know, Republicans don't have any good policies to offer, so a bum's rush is the only way they can pass anything". Americans are not comfortable with the idea of abolishing Obamacare and replacing it at some time in the future.

Some, including President Donald Trump, urged the Senate to try again.

So if there's one lesson from this whole fight, it's that your involvement in the process, and your thanks to elected officials who do what you need them to do, matters.

The White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says the president is not accepting that it is "time to move on" after last week's defeat.

If it was allowed to stand, the taxpayer-funded federal health insurance subsidies available to members of Congress and their personal staffs-which now range from $6,000 to $12,000 a year and cover roughly 70% of their premiums-would have come to an end.

Trump tweeted: "If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!" The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Senate repeal effort would have taken that coverage away from about 16 million of those people. It is choking many already stressed state budgets.

The Senate faces a backlog of executive and judicial nominations.



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