U.S. Democrats on Sunday criticized the lack of women on a working group in the Republican-led Senate that will craft a plan to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. But experts say the bill, as written, probably won't do that in Texas.
The Senate's healthcare working group includes the Republican leadership, several committee chairmen and a combination of conservatives such as Ted Cruz of Texas and more moderate Republicans from politically important swing states such as Rob Portman of OH and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The decision will delay the prospect of any repeal bill reaching President Donald J. Trump's desk.
Republicans rushed the bill "to fulfill a campaign promise, give President Trump a win and dump this disaster off on the Senate".
"Coupled with the constraints imposed by the budget reconciliation process, we must manage expectations and remain focused on the art of the doable as we move forward", Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said in a statement on Thursday. The White House claims of victory notwithstanding, the Senate is taking a much different approach to the legislation.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters that it will be weeks before the chamber's Republicans can produce a new bill. "I wasn't going to do it at 217". We're going to get there. "If you get the job done, he looks a little differently on the other side". Using special rules, the Senate could pass its version of the bill with just 50 votes and rely on Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.
Catholic teaching on the right to health care is by now well-known. "I guess they're just happy they finally passed something that wasn't a kidney stone". "Coming to agreement and avoiding the embarrassment of not coming to agreement was more important than what was in the final bill", said Jim Morone, a political scientist at Brown University in Rhode Island. "Obamacare didn't achieve that". Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the health committee, to Cornyn, Cruz and McConnell himself.
Rep. David Cicilline said the passage of the new bill was the "cruelest and most immoral thing" the GOP had done to the American people. "We're going to go to work on it".
Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare since the day it was passed with only Democrats voting for it and have been campaigning on that promise ever since.
"It's an attempt to write our own bill", he said. "I think I'm falling on a political sword on this one", she told the president.
"The ripple effect of that will be felt at the local level because fewer people will have Medicaid coverage", she said. Budget analysts estimate 24 million people would lose insurance over a decade, 14 million in the first year, and older Americans would face higher costs. The bill has provoked widespread condemnation as hospital associations, consumers and insurers have said the new proposals would make health care less affordable. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the bill raised more questions than it answered. Under Obamacare, Rhode Island was able to insure more than 100,000 residents through Medicaid expansion. The House measure included an $800 billion-plus cut to Medicaid. Senators have been meeting in small groups and discussing possible amendments. He said that while the Affordable Care Act is not without its flaws, it "has done a lot of good over the past several years".
Also, multiple members of Ryan's party have admitted they didn't read the bill they voted for. "So, it's a fair fight", Colbert said Wednesday.
Mr. Paul, meanwhile, may be the toughest vote to get on the right.