Trump Won't Sign Any Bill That Might Help Health Insurance Market

Republicans' last attempt in July to overturn former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law fell one short in the Senate in a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Dean Heller (NV) and new co-sponsor Ron Johnson (WI), and called on Congress to instead focus on a bipartisan fix. It would provide block grants to states to help individuals pay for health coverage.

Republicans have been searching for eight months now to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

On health care, McConnell has told members of his Republican caucus not to come forward with a bill unless they have the 50 votes needed to pass it under special rules. In addition to eliminating Medicaid expansion funding, the bill retains the same per capita cap funding structure included in the Senate's previous Better Care Reconciliation Act, a provision estimated to result in billions of dollars in federal cuts to the program. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), have been pushing the plan for weeks. States would have the ability to roll back protections for vulnerable populations - especially those living with HIV and hepatitis.

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) departs after a classified briefing on the airstrikes launched against the Syrian military, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2017.

A system of USA government-run healthcare for all is anathema to many Republicans, who think the hybrid Obamacare system in which government subsidizes private health insurance already was a step too far. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are trying to bring the effort back before it's too late. And Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, from the Senate's committee covering health care, are also reportedly working on a bipartisan Obamacare reform bill. The bill would also, for the first time in history, place a federal spending cap on Medicaid. 12 other senators have signed onto Sanders' bill.

"The federal government is completely out of its element in trying to regulate health insurance", she said.

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If you want a single payer health care system, this is your worst nightmare. Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs and a leading health-care expert, said that the bill looked like the "most coherent" GOP health-care plan considered this year.

So, Graham knows this is likely the last chance the GOP has to repeal the ACA.

"Looking beyond the partisan rhetoric of the past, we can all agree that issues need to be addressed to strengthen the individual market for consumers", they write.

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