Senate Republicans Likely to Miss Obamacare Repeal Deadline

Out of sight, Republican senators are making a backroom deal on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Lee said Sunday that he has "grave concerns" about the way the bill is headed. A compromise bill was eventually passed, but apparently Trump is lobbying the Senate for more government control.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invoked "Rule XIV, a fast-track procedure that bypasses the committee process and moves the bill directly to the floor", writes Andy Slavitt, a former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a Washington Post op-ed.

"We hope that this meeting will lead to Republicans abandoning both repeal and their repeated sabotage of our health care system, which has sowed uncertainty in the marketplaces", he said in a statement.

The group included Republicans John Kasich of Ohio, Brain Sandoval of Nevada, and Charles Baker of MA.

In an embarrassing retreat, Ryan had to abruptly cancel a March vote on the House measure after a revolt against it by Republican conservatives and moderates that would have ensured its defeat.

"I think we shouldn't have new entitlements that will go on forever in a Republican plan to fix healthcare", Paul said to reporters today.

"I think it's being written, uh, by someone somewhere but I'm not aware of who or where", Sen. I don't know where he stands on it, " said Bullock.

Senator Bernie Sanders urged Democrats on Sunday to do "everything they can" to oppose a Republican bill that for weeks has been drafted by party leaders in secret. The fact that they don't want us to know what they are up to tells us all we need to know.

The measure was originally meant to address how money is spent at the state's seven mental health agencies, which receive taxpayer funding to manage and monitor services for the mentally ill, substance abusers and people with developmental disabilities.

Noah pointed out that here has been some obvious back and forth on the health care bill, sharing that Trump went from once calling it an "unbelievable victory" to most recently calling it "mean" and a "son of a bitch".

File- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer stepped to the microphone to rally a crowd of President Donald Trump's opponents in New York's Battery Park on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

A few months ago House Republicans released their budget proposal, which would spend about $800 million less than Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's blueprint and not raise taxes. The bill calls for all of the state's regional mental health providers to be dissolved when Medicaid reform begins, which is expected to occur in roughly two years. "That will positively effect the coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction, " the letter states. Per capita spending in Medicaid fell by 5.1% in expansion states in 2014, according to the most recent data available from the CMS.


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