After the announcement Tuesday that Senate Republican leaders postponed a vote on legislation aimed at overhauling the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, said he remains confident that the Senate will produce a strong bill.
“It has been a challenge to him to learn how to interact with Congress and how to push his agenda forward”, Collins told reporters Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the delay on the vote was reported.
Lawmakers were already wary of Trump’s turnaround on the House bill. “And that’s OK, and I understand that very well”.
After the lunch, McConnell told the press: “We’re going to continue discussions in our conference on the differences we have”.
Despite the opposition to the bill, only 17 percent of people said they want Obamacare to stay and remain unchanged. It forced McConnell to admit partial defeat on Tuesday in his rush to get this bill through before the July 4 holiday.
To the immediate right of Trump sat Alaska Sen. Delaying the vote was “an important step”, she said. To pass a bill, McConnell must find a way to please one side without losing more support from the other.
“The Affordable Care Act is not working for many OH families and small businesses”, he said.
If McConnell worked to please, say, Rand Paul, a libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky, the leader’s own home state, concessions that might assuage Paul would only serve to make the bill less palatable to, say, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.), who had also criticized the bill for not adequately addressing the opioid crisis. Instead, the Senate GOP plan trades one divisive, partisan and ill-vetted health care overhaul for another.
But the serious negotiating has yet to begin. It had planned was to release the advertisement on television and radio in Nevada in advance of the Senate vote on the health care bill that was expected this week and to conduct additional ad campaigns in 18 other states in support of the legislation.
Cruz has yet to back the Senate GOP bill but publicly maintains he is open to supporting the effort. They joined several conservatives and a couple moderates who also oppose the bill or have qualms.
And we can start over again and work together, and try to get some improvements in our health care system.
According to the New York Times, Sens. A replacement plan should improve affordability, restore certainty and stability to the insurance markets, encourage innovation and ease regulations.
The Republican plan ends Obamacare’s requirement that most Americans buy health insurance, offers tax breaks to encourage coverage and scales back funding for Medicaid, which pays medical expenses for the poor and disabled.
GOP defections increased after the Congressional Budget Office said Monday the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than Obama’s 2010 statute.