The Senate will vote next week on a secret health care bill without holding a hearing. However, what has leaked is that the bill will throw more people off of their health insurance than the House-passed version of Trumpcare.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Majority Leader McConnell wants the vote to happen next week, “GOP aides and others familiar with the negotiations said they anticipate the Senate bill’s text will be released later this week. The CBO is expected to release its estimate of the Senate bill’s impact on the federal budget and insurance coverage early next week, and a vote could potentially be held next Thursday before lawmakers scatter.”
Meanwhile, Republicans are planning on a cut to Medicaid that will be $200 billion more severe than the $830 billion slash that House Republicans passed with Trumpcare. Republicans are openly ignoring the reality of who uses Medicaid coverage. 56% of Medicaid recipients are children or disabled. 60% of nursing home residents are on Medicaid and ten million Americans with disabilities rely on the program.
Under the ruse of eliminating Medicaid, eligibility under the ACA expansion, Republicans are carrying out an assault on health care coverage for children, seniors, the disabled. The reason why the Senate bill is being kept a secret is that it is even crueler than the House-passed Trumpcarevlegislation. Senate Republicans are about to devastate tens of millions of American lives, and one-sixth of the US economy and they aren’t going to let the public see the bill until 2-3 days before the final vote.
What’s happening is plain wrong, and there is little solace for those who are going to lose their health care or face more expensive and diminished coverage in the fact that Republicans will pay dearly for this ultimate sin.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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