Congressman Suozzi: CBO Score Proves Senate Health Care Bill is a "Disaster"

Source MGN

Source MGN

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had hoped to bring the plan to a vote before the July 4 recess, but chose to delay the process after at least five Republican senators said they would vote against beginning debate on the bill, according to The Associated Press. Senate Republicans can afford to lose just two senators in this vote, and McConnell has to ensure that whatever changes are made keep both the conservative and moderate members of his party onboard.

The Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Monday.

"If our Republican colleagues stick to this base bill - which so hurts working families, which so benefits multimillionaires and them nearly alone - we're going to fight the bill tooth and nail", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said shortly after news broke that the vote would be delayed. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen.

The organization joins a Democratic-leaning group, VoteVets, in opposing the bill. That horror has been delayed though as the vote has been postponed until after the upcoming July 4th recess.

"I'm extremely anxious about what the consequences for hundreds of thousands of people here in the Commonwealth of Mass. would be", said Governor Charlie Baker, (D) MA.

GOP senators then traveled to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump.

Leaders had hoped to wrap up a vote before leaving for the break.

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But among more moderate Republicans, the biggest issue with the overhaul effort isn't an issue of conservatism at all- it's a Congressional Budget Office report revealing that the current bill will bring steep cuts, to the tune of $772 billion, to Medicaid over the next decade. The bill also preserves some entitlements, scaring off Cruz and Paul who want a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

"I think the resistance [to the health care bill] is going to continue", said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin.

West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. But three GOP senators are threatening to vote against a procedural motion to begin debate, a vote expected Wednesday.

Officials with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization have also expressed concerns about the potential impacts of the Senate bill's proposed Medicaid program changes and funding cuts, elimination of ACA coverage mandates and other things.

The CBO also predicted the Senate legislation would increase consumers' out of pocket costs because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered.

"We are still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference on Capitol Hill. The bill would cut taxes, reduce the deficit and phase out the Medicaid expansion implemented by Barack Obama's health law.

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