aside Revival Of Republicans’ Repeal And Replace Of Obamacare At End Of April, 2017

Image result for photos of republican legislators introducing latest health care billAs per a  4/26/17 Newsweek report by Graham Lanktree, “Republicans are seeking to give U.S. states the power to opt out of an Obamacare rule that prevents health insurance companies from discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions. But (as per the current draft) the GOP lawmakers’ amendment won’t impact their own healthcare insurance.”

“New Jersey House Representative Tom MacArthur filed the amendment to the GOP’s revived health care law (on 4/25/17). ”

“Republicans on Capitol Hill are wrangling over how to revive their health care bill, which is meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known widely as Obamacare. They are trying to strike a deal as President Donald J. Trump nears his hundredth day in office Saturday, April 29.”

“On Capitol Hill Tuesday, the Freedom Caucus met to consider the changes worked out between MacArthur and their leader, North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows. (He) said the plan “has real merits worthy of consideration for all the Freedom Caucus folks.”

Image result for photos of republican legislators introducing latest health care billIt’s time for resisters to contact legislators:

The main US Senate phone line 202-225-3121 (202-224-3121) or  YOU CAN FIND PHONE NUMBERS FOR EVERY SENATOR HERE. 

Find Your Representative · House.gov – U.S. House of Representatives

It is requested that callers focus on the following moderate republicans:

CA: Denham; Valvadao; Knight; Rohrabacher/ CO: Coffman/ FL: Diaz-Balart; Curbelo/ IA: Young/ IL: Roskam/ ME: Poliquin/ MN: Paulsen/ NJ: Smith; Frelinghuysen/ NV: Amodei/ NY: King; Stetfanik; Katko/ OH: Joyce/ PA: Costello; Meehan; Fitzpatrick; Murphy/ VA.: Wittman; Comstock/ WA: Herrera; Beutler; Reichert/ WV: Jenkins; McKinley

Image result for photos of republican legislators introducing latest health care billOn 4/26/17, Jennifer Steinhauer and Robert Pear of the New York Times penned the following report, “Hard-Line Republican Caucus Backs Revised Bill to Repeal Obamacare.”

Excerpts:
 “The House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives who were instrumental in blocking President Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month, gave its approval Wednesday (4/26/17) to a new, more conservative version, breathing new life into Republican efforts to replace President Barack Obama’s health law.”

“Senior White House officials, led by Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, have relentlessly pressed Republicans to revive the health care push before Mr. Trump’s hundred-day mark on Saturday, and with conservatives falling into line, the bill has a chance to get through the House, possibly as early as Friday (4/28/17).”

Image result for photos of republican legislators introducing latest health care bill“It was not clear whether conservative support for the revised legislation would be matched by losses in the center, especially among Republicans representing districts won by Hillary Clinton. But the rest of the House Republican Conference was left with a stark choice: Reject the measure and take the blame previously left at the feet of conservatives for undermining a central goal of the administration, or give it the nod, please voters who want a repeal, and risk taking a potentially fatal hit in the next election for approving a measure expected to leave tens of millions of Americans without insurance.”

“Members went home and got an earful,” said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma, saying that voters were wondering, “Why can’t you get something done?” Mr. Cole said he was now “cautiously optimistic” that the measure could pass on the floor.”

Image result for photos of protests against repeal of ACA“The latest proposal, drafted by Representative Tom MacArthur, a moderate Republican of New Jersey, would allow states to obtain waivers from federal mandates that insurers cover certain “essential health benefits,” like emergency services, maternity care, and mental health and substance abuse services, which many Republicans argue have driven up premiums.”

“It would also permit states to get waivers allowing insurers to charge higher premiums based on a person’s “health status,” if a state had a program to help pay the largest claims or had a high-risk pool where sick people could purchase health insurance.”

“To qualify for a waiver, a state would have to explain how it would advance at least one of five purposes: reducing average premiums for consumers; increasing the number of people with coverage; stabilizing the insurance market; increasing the choice of health plans; or stabilizing premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.”

Image result for photos of protests against repeal of ACA“The House Freedom Caucus members, acutely aware that the White House and Republican colleagues blamed them for the failure of the earlier bill, were eager to shift the blame to more moderate members who may now reject the measure. And the biggest conservative pressure groups off Capitol Hill — Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Freedom Partners — dropped their opposition to the measure, known as the American Health Care Act.”

“Over the past couple of months, House conservatives have worked tirelessly to improve the American Health Care Act to make it better for the American people,” Alyssa Farah, a spokeswoman for the House Freedom Caucus, said in a prepared statement. Because of those changes, she added, “the House Freedom Caucus has taken an official position in support of the current proposal.”

“The group agrees to take an official position when 80 percent of its roughly three dozen members agree.”

Image result for photos of protests against repeal of ACA“But what is good for the most conservative corners of the House is not necessarily going to please their colleagues, including the dozens who had already rejected a less-conservative version of the bill. Republican senators had been equally wary. “I think a better approach is to stabilize the insurance pool,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana.”

“In effect, the more that the bill changes to get through the House, the less chance it has of surviving in the Senate, both because of Senate rules and because the provisions that conservatives have excised are popular.”

“A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 62 percent of respondents supported nationwide minimum insurance coverage standards and just 33 percent would leave such standards up to the states. Among Republicans, 54 percent supported a nationwide standard for coverage of pre-existing conditions.”

Image result for photos of protests against repeal of ACA“Republican senators from states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act said the new House bill did nothing to ease their concerns about the deep cuts to Medicaid that remain in the legislation.”

“Democrats assailed the latest proposal, saying it did nothing to help those who would be left without coverage under the repeal bill. By 2026, the number of uninsured people would be 24 million higher than under the current law, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.”

“Democrats denounced one part of the new proposal that, they said, would protect health insurance for members of Congress. This provision, they said, guarantees that lawmakers would not lose “essential health benefits” and could not be charged higher premiums because of their health status. The group that helps elect House Democrats immediately unleashed internet ads in 30 Republican-held districts railing against the carve-out.”

Related image“The monstrous immorality of Trumpcare is perfectly encapsulated in House Republicans’ plan to exempt their own health coverage from the damage it will do to everyone else,” said the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California.”

“Mr. MacArthur backed away from this part of his proposal on Wednesday. “Congressman MacArthur does not believe members of Congress or their staff should receive special treatment.”

Update 4/28/17: The US House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that there’ll be no vote on the republicans’ health care bill for the near foreseeable future.

2 comments

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      In Florida we are not sweating it. There is not a Florida US legislator who will vote in favor of this new concoction of a republican healthcare plan who wants to keep his/her job.

      Hugs, Gronda

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