aside The US Senate’s Republican Health Care Bill Under Consideration Is “Fool’s Gold”

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCAUS Senate republicans are operating under the premise that they have to pass their AHCA healthcare act, which was recently formed over a two month time span in secret, with only 13 White male senate members at the helm.

The republican base had been demanding the repeal of Obamacare for several years with the leaders fomenting this sentiment, but now in 2017 the table has turned, as Obamacare (ACA) has become more popular, even with many republicans as they have observed how this program has benefited family members, friends, colleagues and others.

Numerous experts have said that improvements could be made to the ACA (Obamacare) to cover even more Americans with better coverage for less monies and with the goal of keeping the rising medical costs within the US annual inflation growth. And this is what the vast majority of Americans want.

AND SO IT IS A PUZZLE AS TO WHY THE US SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, MITCH MCCONNELL WITH HIS FELLOW REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE ACTING COUNTER TO WHAT MOST AMERICANS WANT? 

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Could it be because he is catering to those voters who hate anything accomplished by the prior democratic President Barack Obama? But then why is he not honoring the President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal Obamacare but to replace it with better quality healthcare coverage for more peoples at a lower cost? And don’t forget the president’s pledge, not to touch Medicaid.

Could it be that the republican US Senate Speaker Mitch McConnell has figured out that no matter what the president does, the rural White voters are so angry with the established status quo from which he/ she has been left behind, that they will continue to stick by President Trump through thick and thin?  Right now 54% of White rural voters are still backing their president.

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MITCH MCCONNELL

So, Senator Mitch McConnell is on a mission to pass this revamped AHCA Bill and ramming it through with a majority vote of 51 senators by July 4, 2017. The added bonus with this bill, comes in the form of billions of dollars in savings for the wealthy tax payers which forms the basis for the upcoming republicans’ planned tax cuts/ tax reform bill.

The support for the context of the newly proposed AHCA bill is targeted to please the wealthy, the evangelical voters and the president’s supporters who want to blow-up anything associated with our previous president. And let all the rest of us, eat cake!

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCAHERE’S THE REST OF THE STORY…(Planned Parenthood will no longer be the recipient of government funds.)

On June 21, 2017, Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan ot the New York Times penned the following report, “Abortion Adds Obstacle as Republicans Plan to Unveil Health Bill.”

Excerpts:

“Abortion flared up Wednesday (6/21/17) as the latest hot-button issue to complicate passage of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which Senate Republican leaders hope to unveil on Thursday (6/22/17) and pass next week.”

Related image“The repeal bill approved last month by the House would bar the use of federal tax credits to help purchase insurance plans that include coverage of abortion. But senators said that provision might have to be jettisoned from their version because of complicated Senate rules that Republicans are using to expedite passage of the bill and avoid a filibuster.”

“The changes being considered in Congress could “amount to a 25 percent shortfall in covering the actual cost of providing care to our nation’s neediest citizens,” the top executives of 10 insurance companies wrote this week. “These amounts spell deep cuts, not state flexibilities, in Medicaid.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCA“As senators struggle to develop a health care bill, their handiwork appears to be too moderate for some Senate conservatives and too conservative for some Senate moderates. The latest version, without the abortion-coverage prohibition and with steep Medicaid cuts, may prove unacceptable to some in both camps. To pass it, Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republican votes of the 52 in the chamber.”

“Republican senators got a glimpse Wednesday (6/21/17) of the highlights of the bill, which was drafted in secret by the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and top aides. White House officials were granted a formal briefing, which risked irking many senators who had yet to see the actual bill.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCA“The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week under these procedures, which limit debate and preclude a Democratic filibuster.”

“It’s one of the problems we have to work with,” Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah and the chairman of the Finance Committee, said of the abortion issue. “We’re not quite sure how that’s going to be resolved.”

Mr. McConnell is determined to get a vote on the bill by the end of next week, before the Fourth of July holiday, but he still does not have enough committed votes to ensure passage.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCAHealth Insurers Speak Out

The House bill and the Senate version, like the Affordable Care Act, would provide tens of billions of dollars in tax credits to help people pay insurance premiums.”

“The federal government is expected to spend more than $30 billion this year on tax credits to help lower- and middle-income people pay premiums. The Senate bill would provide more assistance to lower-income people than the House bill, which bases tax credits on a person’s age.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF 13 SENATORS WORKING ON AHCA“The Senate bill would also repeal most of the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act. It would delay the effective date of a tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage, but Republicans plan to offer an amendment next week to eliminate this “Cadillac tax,” which is opposed by labor unions and employers.”

“Republicans have been promising to repeal the health law ever since it was signed by President Barack Obama in 2010. On Wednesday, in the final hours before the Senate repeal bill was to be unveiled, members of Congress, consumer groups and health care executives engaged in frenetic advocacy in hopes of shaping the bill.”

Image result for photos of sen Collins and Senator Lisa Murkowski“Women’s groups and at least two moderate Republicans, Ms. Collins and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, continued to object to a provision of Mr. McConnell’s bill that would cut off funds for Planned Parenthood.”

“In a letter to Mr. McConnell on Wednesday, more than two dozen House members in the conservative Republican Study Committee listed several parts of the House bill they view as crucial, including cutting funds to Planned Parenthood and restricting the use of the tax credits. The bill, they wrote, fulfills “an important conservative commitment to promote life and protect the unborn.”

“Leaders of the 10 insurance companies told Mr. McConnell that proposed caps on federal Medicaid spending would cause “an enormous cost shift to the states,” which could force them to raise taxes, reduce benefits, cut payments to health care providers or eliminate coverage for some beneficiaries. Among those signing the letter were top executives of AmeriHealth Caritas, Molina Healthcare, Blue Shield of California and Healthfirst, in New York.”

Image result for photos of sen mccain“Debate on the Senate bill will be shaped by an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, which will estimate the impact on federal spending and the number of people without health insurance. Under the House bill, the office said, the number of uninsured would be 23 million higher than under the Affordable Care Act in 2026. And for some older Americans and sick people, it said, premiums and out-of-pocket costs could be significantly higher.”

Related Articles:

Improve the Affordable Care Act, Don’t Repeal It/ https://hbr.org/ Nov 16, 2016

How Democrats Would Fix Obamacare – The Atlantic/ Jun 15, 2017 –

Insurers Can Make Obamacare Work, But They Need Help Fromhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/ Aug 31, 2016

Three Ways to Fix Obamacare | The New Yorker/Oct 26, 2016

12 comments

    • Dear Suzanne,

      We are down to the wire with this republican Trumpcare bill. And let’s hope we can hold the line past D-day, July 4th.

      Thanks a million for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in the legislation being proposed by Sen Mitch McConnell, which would in effect take the health care from millions of children and his own government paid for treatments as a child for polio? Would it be fair to wonder how much this man would have accomplished in his life had it not been for the benefits extended to him by our government during his time of medical need? I would invite anyone to explain to me why this “white” man is more deserving of medical treatment from our government than a “black child from the inner city”?

    http://www.wave3.com/story/3200510/decades-after-recovering-from-polio-senator-marks-vaccines-anniversary

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Hear, hear! I love your thinking.

      The easiest solution is to copy France’s system where their healthcare costs are about 6%of its GDP vs the US costs of over 16% of our GDP, but we have worse health outcomes than that of the French who suffer virtually no deductibles, etc.

      AND then our legislators could give the wealthy even greater tax cuts. We wouldn’t be forced as a peoples to pick winners and losers just because the republicans are in the pocket of the healthcare insurance companies and big pharma.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. At the onset of a war with Spain in 1739, as rejoicing spread through a section of the country that we would ‘teach those Spaniards’ the British Politician Walpole said ‘They are ringing bells now. They will soon be wringing their hands’; it was not a very rewarding war for Britain.
    I wonder if that quote will apply to Trump supporters in a year or so.

  3. Gronda, the CBO will not score this one well either. As you have advocated, we need to call our senators and share our concern. It troubles me the secrecy behind all of this and the lack of collaboration with Democrats and women of even their own party. Women tend to be the chief health care taker in the home, so their opinion matters.

    Truth be told, the ACA is working pretty good, but needs improvements. The framework is there to fix. Yet, we are governing off rhetoric and not facts. One fact our GOP leaders fail to tell people is the role they had in making higher premiums even higher. By not funding the risk corridors, insurers were not paid for taking on adverse risk. Then, our President has decided he does not want fund for the additional risk.

    So, to win a political favor, the GOP is screwing over average Americans with higher premiums than they otherwise would have been. Just to illustrate my point, Humana left the exchanges with the federal government owing them $591 million.

    What the Senate and House bill do to Medicaid expansion is sinful. We have a poverty and near poverty problem in our country. So, the GOP solution is to make it harder for poor people to have healthcare.

    Thanks for sharing this, Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      This is time for the full court press in contacting the 13 plus senators.

      Thanks for all the additional information.
      I am tweeting this blog to all the senators, starting with the republicans, first.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Well done Gronda. The irony is that 54% of rural America that supports the President no matter what will be penalized by the AHCA and many have already been penalized by their state GOP leaders not expanding Medicaid. Not to mention the defunding insurers for adverse selection.

    • Dear Usfman,

      The secret is out and it is not a pretty sight to behold. The ACA needs fixing. By just expanding Medicaid expansion to all US states, there would be an improvement. In states where the public option has been tested, the costs for coverage declined dramatically.

      Hugs, Gronda

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