Health care costs the real problem

Health care costs the real problem

In May 2016, US District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington, DC, sided with the House Republicans. Still, they've put forth a five-point plan to fix the Affordable Care Act. Their leaders announced they were ready to move on to other issues, especially tax code overhaul.

The coalition of Democratic state attorneys general filed a motion on May 18 to intervene in the case.

The argument proved persuasive, with a three-judge panel issuing Tuesday's order allowing the states to intervene. That could leave millions of Americans without any options for subsidized coverage in the individual market.

Three Democrats from states easily carried by President Donald Trump - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - did not sign the letter.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is answering President Donald Trump's call for a change in Senate rules with a dose of political reality. "But they need to work on it".

More than six months into his presidency, Trump still sends out tweets that catch aides and allies off guard and sometimes clash with Republicans' messaging on their policy agenda.

That is likely contributing to their defiance, which is emerging now after an accumulation of frustrations, culminating in the failure of the health care bill Friday. And because McConnell has once again chose to walk the budget reconciliation path, virtual lockstep loyalty is the only way that 52 Republicans senators can get a bill through the chamber on a majority vote. However, the report also says that 15 million of those people would lose it simply because the individual mandate, the requirement to purchase insurance, was ended in the new plan.

Hatch said lawmakers would need to appropriate the cost-sharing subsidy payments that the administration has been making.

"Ever since we've been here we've really been following our lead, right?" said Sen. Hatch concurred with Alexander, arguing that President Trump should continue the Obamacare insurance known as the cost-sharing reduction program. CSRs are paid to insurance companies to help offset the cost of discount health plans they provide to Americans making up to 200% of the federal poverty limit. Some experts are surprised that premiums aren't going up more next year.

"And I think, frankly, bipartisan solutions tend to be more durable", the No. 2 Senate Republican said. They have until October 1, although they can add extra innings by passing a stop-gap spending extension called a "continuing resolution" - a regular feature of the spending process in recent years. The ranking Republican and Democrat on the Senate health committee - Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington, respectively - have also vowed to work together to improve Obamacare.

"His presidency will only be successful if he has allies throughout the government, and that includes the legislative branch", said Alex Conant, a former senior aide to Senator Marco Rubio. He is threatening to stop sending insurers these payments, which reduce deductibles and co-pays for low-income enrollees.

That ignored the fact that Republicans tried to pass the health care bill under rules that required only a simple majority.

They won't support any upcoming GOP effort to overhaul the USA tax code that delivers tax cuts to "the top 1 percent" or adds to the government's $20 trillion debt.

Schumer says Trump would be to blame if that happens.

"They take money that they were giving to the poor for health care and give it to the rich who run the insurance companies", Paul charged.

"To ensure that we have robust economic growth and promote fiscal discipline, the Trump administration believes it's important to raise the debt ceiling as soon as possible", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. If they think health care is hard, they have not seen anything in terms of how you deal with the complexity of tax reform.

Their drive crashed last week.

Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies are once again at the center of the battle for Obamacare's future.

Now, Republicans face a different problem, their own unique brand: liberals still angry at their effort to repeal Obamacare and conservatives fuming at their inability to deliver on a core seven-year promise to repeal the health law.

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