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  • Where the Health of The USA is right now
    Updated On: Jul 27, 2017

    Where the Health of the USA is at this point 

    AFL-CIO: No matter how many tweaks the GOP make, this bill is nothing more than a massive transfer of wealth masquerading as health care.

    What happened yesterday and where the bill stands as of Wednesday:

    • John McCain made the five-hour flight to Washington to vote for what many viewed as a bill to take away health care from poor people when Mr. McCain was receiving the best treatment available for his cancer. 
    • It took Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote to pass the motion to proceed with debate on a Senate health care bill. [Vote count
    • President Trump lashed out Wednesday morning at Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of two Republicans who voted on Tuesday against beginning debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
    • The Senate yesterday rejected the latest version of the Republican leaders’ plan to repeal and replace the current health law. It was a compromise measure that included provisions meant to appeal to both conservatives and moderate Republicans. 
    • In the end, the measure won only 43 votes, demonstrating that even after weeks of refining the legislation, Senate leaders still fell far short of enough support for their replacement plan, from both ends of the party’s ideological spectrum. [vote count]
    • The Senate adjourned around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
    • The legislative showdown will continue Today as the Senate considers various measures to replace the health law.

    Some possible scenarios for bills, but it is all fluid:

    • Senators are set to consider a different repeal measure on Wednesday.
    • This measure would repeal the health law but would not provide a replacement for it. The legislation resembles a bill that passed the Senate in 2015 but was vetoed by President Barack Obama in early 2016.
    • Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, supports that approach. But some Republicans worry that repealing the law without providing a replacement would leave many Americans without health care coverage.
    • Such a “repeal only” measure is not expected to garner enough votes for passage
    • The vote for this measure is scheduled for late Wednesday morning.

    THEN WHAT HAPPENS

    • Republicans are using special budget rules to try to pass a repeal bill, so the debate is limited to 20 hours, and Democrats cannot delay it with a filibuster
    • Later this week, the Senate will hold what is known as a vote-a-rama, an exhausting marathon of amendment votes.
    • The nine Republicans who voted against the comprehensive replacement measure on Tuesday night are an indication of the problem that Senate Republican leaders continue to confront.
    • The party caucus still does not agree on what should be in a health care repeal bill that would have enough support to win Senate approval
    • One solution might be to pass a pared-down health plan that has support from at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators, and then turn to working out a compromise with the House

    Stay tuned...


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