The Health Care Bill On Delay Until After The 4th Of July Holiday
In the wake of repeated sound bites highlighting the downside of the health care bill proposal, and the Congressional Budget Office's grim statistics, presently a challenge is before the Senate Republicans to get enough votes to repeal and replace Obama-Care before the July 4 recess.
The Congressional Budget Office 's latest findings are that Medicaid spending would rise form $393 billion in 2017 to $464 billion in 2026-a $71 billion, or 18 percent increase. So, in a nut shell, the problem with getting enough votes to get the health care bill passed is partly because of the negative projections that we hear over and over all day long from liberal media sources and also from Republicans who need a juicy issue to stand against for an image boost as some of them prepare for a possible Presidential run in the next election.
Adding a further challenge to obtaining enough votes to get the health care bill passed, lawmakers also said that they need more time to analyze and amend the bill. The draft for the bill was just released last Thursday by the Senate Republicans. The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been pushing for the upper chamber to vote on the legislation next week. McConnell's margin of error is very slim, as he can only afford two defections of his 52 GOP senators and still prevail with all Democrats expected to oppose the bill. The option may present itself for Vice President Pence to vote in order to break the tie.
In addition to the five who have opposed the bill (Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Dean Heller), several other GOP senators, conservatives and moderates have declined to commit to the new overhaul. At least one of the opposing GOP senators are facing re-election, which poses the question as to rather some of the opposition that the health care bill is facing is due to political posturing.
The Congressional Budget Office makes a boast about being non-partisan but it's projection about the health care bill resulting in 23 million additional uninsured people has been at the heart of the health care bill's major opposition. The CBO obviously didn't get it right when they made positive projections about Obama-care! And for the CBO to be non-partisan, it appears that most it'sprojections since the beginning of President Trump's administration has repeatedly turned up as negative sound bites in the mouths of liberal media pundits!
When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, CBO projected 21 million people would be enrolled in the exchanges in 2016. These exchanges only averaged about 10 million people as of January 2017. This means that the Congressional Budget Office overshot their projections by 120 percent!
So, folks don't fall for the "banana in the tail pipe!" There are major changes ahead for the health care bill in order for it to effectively replace Obama-Care, but don't get the facts twisted by falling for undercover partisan tricks.
Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader, announced on Tuesday a delay on the vote on the health care bill. McConnell decided to delay the vote until after the Fourth of July holiday. Therefore, the Republicans did not have the votes necessary to push through.
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