This Democrat Says He'll Hold Town Halls For The Republicans Who Won't

Angie Massey
May 9, 2017

"I've already made clear that I don't support the House Bill as now constructed because I continue to have concerns that this Bill does not do enough to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion population", said Republican Senator Rob Portman.

The current GOP plan would undo a mostly federally funded expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults and allow insurance companies to charge far higher premiums on older Americans and some people with pre-existing conditions.

In a push to pass the Bill before members leave on Friday for a week in their home districts, the House voted before the Bill was assessed by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which estimates its cost and effect on insurance rolls.

"The House bill is not going to come before us", Collins said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". "The Senate is starting from scratch".

"I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn't take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential", he said.

The outspoken and immediate skepticism points to a long road ahead in the Senate for the House bill. "They all know the commitments we have made to the American people to repeal and replace a failing program in Obamacare", he said on the "Fox News Sunday" program.

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"We think we need to do even more support for people who are older and also more support for people with pre-existing conditions", he said.

In this image from House Television, the final total on the vote on the Republicans health care bill is displayed at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, May 4, 2017. But analysis released this week by Avalere Health concluded that that amount wouldn't be enough to provide full coverage for those with pre-existing conditions now buying insurance through the individual market.

Consider that the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, AARP - just about every organized medical group - opposes the bill. "Failure is not an option", No. 2 Senate leader John Cornyn, R-Texas, said earlier this year. "Now that the bill is law, the American people are finding out that what's in it is completely contrary to what they were promised". "Premiums will be coming down, deductibles will be coming down, but very importantly it's a great plan".

The ad blasts Republicans in potentially tight 2018 races for voting for "a disastrous health-care repeal bill", but doesn't mention the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, by name.

Don Stewart, a senior aide to McConnell, said critics were getting "hung up on process" while ignoring the problems of Obamacare such as higher costs and limited choices.

Mr. Priebus predicted that people would support Republicans after experiencing the benefits of the new health-care system.

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