After releasing the Senate healthcare bill last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the vote until after summer recess. Several Republican Senators have decided against supporting the bill and with the Democrats unified in opposition, the future of the bill is uncertain.
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Snippets from the Right
"Republican leaders are strongly considering an amendment from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to let insurers sell plans that don't comply with Obamacare's insurance mandates as long as they sell some plans that do.
The idea behind the amendment is to address conservative concerns that the bill doesn't repeal enough of Obamacare's insurer mandates that conservatives say are driving up premiums. However, it is not clear how the amendment would spread risk among the people buying the Obamacare plans and the likely cheaper plans that don't comply with Obamacare.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to be weighing the Cruz amendment instead of one in the House bill that lets states waive key Obamacare insurer mandates, according to a source familiar with the discussions.”
Snippets from the Center
"Conservative senators seeking changes to the chamber's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation met Thursday with GOP leaders and the Senate parliamentarian.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are pushing for a change to the bill that would allow insurers to sell plans that do not comply with ObamaCare’s insurance regulations if they also sell plans that do meet those rules.
They say that change would help win their votes for the legislation, which they currently oppose.
But the proposal has drawn resistance from other Republicans who want to maintain ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions and worry that the change would allow plans to be sold without those protections."
Snippets from the Left
"Straddling a mere two-seat majority in the chamber, McConnell had to beat a hasty retreat after a number of his members indicated that they would not support the Senate’s version of the Obamacare repeal bill, officially called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The cancellation paralleled an earlier move in March by the House GOP leader Paul Ryan to scuttle a vote doomed to fail.
One person who saw all this coming was former House Speaker John Boehner. Out of Congress since the end of 2015 following a conservative attack on his leadership, Boehner told a high-dollar health care industry conference in February of this year that there was no way that Republicans were going to be able to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.
As currently written, either chamber’s bill almost certainly will endanger the party’s senators in purple states. Normally, politicians are loathe to stick their necks out for proposals that are unpopular, even if they agree with them. So why bother?"