Senate Republicans head back to work with no health-care deal
Senate Republicans have returned to Washington from a holiday break with new and widespread disagreements over their healthcare reform bill, key Republicans have changed Sunday not only on how to change the bill but also on the issue of whether A bill could be passed.
“I’d probably put it like 50-50,” said Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) In an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”
“They will have a repeal and replace the bill made,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in the same program.
“My opinion is that this is probably going to be dead,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) On CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
The decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to push the debate over the Reconciliation Act better care after the Independence Day party is supposed to create room for negotiation.
“The legislation of this complexity almost always takes more time than anyone’s hope,” said McConnell (Ky.) In a June 27 pressure wheel to announce the delay.
Instead, Republicans ran in different directions, offering everything from a bipartisan agreement to paying for insurance subsidies to repeal plane and delay that would give them a few years before the Affordable Care Act is completely destroyed.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), The author of the amendment “Consumer Freedom Option” to bring conservatives aboard Bill, spent part of Sunday to emphasize his critics were wrong.
His amendment, also backed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), would allow insurers to offer new, cheaper plans that do not include essential health benefits of the Affordable Drug Act.
“There are millions of people who are the consecutive winners: young people,” Cruz said in an interview “Face the Nation.” “Young people are beaten up by Obamacare. Millions of young people suddenly have much lower cousins.”
During the recession, however, key Republicans have told local media that the modification weakened the protection the party had promised to keep in place.
“I think it’s going to open up again a problem that I can not support, it would be too difficult for people with preexisting conditions to get coverage,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) to Charleston Gazette-mail Friday.
“There is a real sense that this is a subterfuge to circumvent preexisting conditions,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told Iowa Public Radio Wednesday. “If this is actually a farce, and this has the effect of destroying the requirement that the preexisting conditions we have in the existing bill, then obviously I object to that.”
The ABC program “This Week” said Cruz as Grassley colleagues were simply cheated.
“What is repeated is not what [Senate minority leader Charles E.] Schumer said this week, that is, he called it a” hoax “, which -t, he said.” Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama knows a lot of health care pitfalls. ”
Schumer Democrats, meanwhile, continued to campaign against the BCRA, saying they would come to the health care table if Republicans drop the repeal.
Throughout the recreation, progressive activists, at the behest of Democrats, protested and occupied the offices of Republican senators. On Friday, 16 protesters were arrested in the Columbus office, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who joined detainees in civil disobedience throughout the country dozens.
“We will not allow a handful of socialists, many from New York, to disrupt our ability to meet the needs of Ohio constituents who contact us in need of essential services every day,” the Portman office said in a statement.