U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare, but expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.
The nonpartisan budget office, lawmakers' official fiscal analyst, released two reports on earlier versions of the House bill in March. They've discussed changing the House's proposed Medicaid cuts and aiming health care tax credits more toward low earners, but they've reported little progress.
The estimate of the American Health Care Act impact on the federal deficit could determine whether the Senate will take up the measure, which passed with only one vote to spare in the House.
The Affordable Care Act forced health insurers to adjust to a remade individual market that now prevented them from denying people coverage or charging them more based on pre-existing conditions.
"The report makes clear that Trumpcare would be a cancer on the American health care system", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., using the nickname Democrats have tried pinning on the bill. The bill, House Bill 2410, passed 84-39 on Thursday, after an hours-long debate the day before.
"Over time, it would become more hard for less healthy people (including people with preexisting medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly", the report said.
The state Senate voted 21-10 vote after 1 a.m. Wednesday to attach rules requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate gender onto an otherwise unrelated proposal on county governments. "They fear being laughed at, teased, shamed, punished, spit on, beaten, or killed", Melinda Hunter, mother of a transgender girl, wrote in public testimony offered to the state legislature.
Senate on track to confirm Iowa governor as China envoy
For over 22 years, Iowans have had a man with a servant heart working tirelessly on their behalf and for a state he loves dearly. President Donald Trump's transition team in December confirmed Branstad had accepted the offer to serve as ambassador.
Hatch observed that Democrats could stall Republicans by filling up Senate floor time with votes on nominations in the following months.
How very helpful. The Energy and Commerce Committee, by the way, is one of two in the House which deals with everything health care-related. It allows people who can not produce an authorized photo ID to show other documentation such as a utility bill or bank statement and sign an affidavit stating that they had a reasonable impediment in presenting an authorized ID. Meanwhile, Micciche said the Senate is waiting on the House to schedule a conference committee on the budget.
"We can expect today's CBO analysis will likely show numerous same grave consequences", he said.
Benefits likely to be excluded from required coverage in some states would include maternity, mental health and substance abuse services, the report said.
Some experts have also raised questions in Vox and Bloomberg as to whether last-minute changes to the bill that would allow states to waive certain regulatory requirements of Obamacare might make insurance leaner and cheaper.
"You want to look at different components of it, it may be that some of it you keep and some of it you discard", Cassidy said.