Koch rep says bill insufficiently conservative

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, walks through the U.S. Capitol on Thursday following the release of a draft of the Senate Republican's health care bill.

"I would like to delay the thing", Johnson said.

Similar concerns helped steer the House's version of the bill in a more conservative direction. Now, the uninsured rate may start climbing again, because both the House and Senate bills cut federal financing and repeal an unpopular requirement to carry health insurance.

"We've been disappointed that movement's not been more dramatic toward a full repeal or a broader rollback of this onerous law Obamacare", said Tim Phillips, who heads Americans for Prosperity, the largest of the Koch network's advocacy groups. But the Republican bill only makes this problem worse. "If this bill isn't good for Kansas, it isn't good for me".

"We're going to pay for it one way or another; there are no free lunches", she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, said Democrats would be working hard to defeat the bill, having already made clear they would co-operate with Republicans if they agreed to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. The organization of deep-pocketed conservative advocacy groups similarly rejected the House GOP bill this spring until party leaders tacked on tough amendments to appease right-leaning Republicans. "He will tell you from the health care experience that he's talked to nearly every single member". "There's still an opportunity to make this bill better", he said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said his first review of the Senate legislation "raises several red flags for the state". McConnell has wanted to hold the vote before the upcoming week-long July 4 recess, when party leaders worry that senators will face pressure to abandon the legislation. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private calls.

His surprise slam came just one month after Trump took to the Rose Garden with fellow Republicans to celebrate the House narrowly passing its version of the Obamacare replacement bill.

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The Congressional Budget Office plans to issue its analysis of the new bill as early as Monday. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders.

At a weekend event with conservative donors, top aides to Charles Koch, the billionaire energy magnate, said the Senate bill does not go far enough to dismantle former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, also known as Obamacare. The graphic purported to show the projected negative impact of proposed Medicaid cuts on young children.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to yes", said Heller, viewed as the Senate Republican most at risk in the 2018 midterm election.

More important, the Senate bill took the long-term cuts in the House bill and made them bigger, tying the federal matching formula to an even lower level of inflation. Several of them felt his lash during last year's campaign or, like Portman and Susan Collins of ME, have kept their distance from Trump.

The Koch network has strongly opposed the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare - arguing that by adding people to the rolls, the quality of care for the most vulnerable Medicaid recipients has plummeted.

At least two Republican senators on Sunday said that goal may prove too ambitious. For one thing, the Senate bill is created to buy a skimpier plan than the Affordable Care Act's credit scheme does ― specifically, a plan that pays only 58 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (roughly equivalent to a "bronze" plan in today's system) rather than one that pays 70 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (a "silver" plan in today's system).

One thing the Senate plan would do would be to make subsidized coverage through the exchange markets available to people now in what is called a "coverage gap" - those who make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for subsidized policies on the exchange markets.

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