Letter to the editor: GOP's health care plan is shameful

Healthcare Troubles

"I'm sitting there with a Rubix cube, trying to figure out how to twist the dials to get to 50 to replace this with something better than this", the Kentucky Republican said at the Hardin County GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner, referring to the number of senators needed to pass a bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care law. On broad grounds, it's a test of whether the party's commitment to a conservative approach to taxes can withstand a collision with political reality - as well as with a conservative economic populism that found new footing with the candidacy of President Trump.

So McConnell is reworking the plan, hoping to find a sweet spot between conservatives and moderates that will get a majority and still conform to Senate rules. Trump wrote early Friday.

"It's not easy making American great again, is it?" he added.

The president tweeted his message shortly after Sen.

"Sources close to Mitch McConnell tell me the Majority Leader is dead serious about forcing a Senate vote on the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill before the July 4 holiday".

But it's not clear if they will succeed by the time the Senate returns to work. There is, but it's one over the fundamental responsibility of government to enable (almost) everyone to have some sort of health coverage, be it private insurance, public insurance or some mix of the two.

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That's not to say there isn't a profound difference between Republican conservatives and Democratic liberals on health care.

"So what the president tweeted takes one side of that Venn diagram and pushes it further away, and actually puts on the table an option that will probably drive that group away from seeking compromise with the other side of the Venn diagram". That's pretty much what happened, but instead of defining it in a way that made it easy to reach 218 votes in the House and 50 plus the vice president in the Senate, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell defined repealing Obamacare as slashing Medicaid, which is a very hard sell to even Republican members of Congress. It would still provide inadequate subsidies to working poor Americans to help them buy less-comprehensive health insurance. The caucus' moderates have balked at a measure that - according to the Congressional Budget Office - would provide massive tax relief to the wealthy while leaving 22 million fewer people with insurance.

"The bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments, and it's not repeal". "Every time you add federal money, more spending, for the big government Republicans, it offends the conservatives", he said. Then, after once more taking their place as a representative of the people in their state/district, they can begin the process anew to get re-elected.

Senate Republicans bussed up to the White House following the concession of at-least-temporary defeat on Tuesday, where President Donald Trump, as usual, insisted progress was being made and a deal was in the offing.

Before Trump was inaugurated in January, Republicans debated and ultimately discarded the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act before replacing it, concluding that both must happen simultaneously.

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