How the GOP can get the Senate to block the Trump administration’s plan to cut health care coverage
Posted On July 16, 2021
Democrats are calling on Republicans to reject the GOP’s plan for a “skinny” health care bill that would repeal most of President Donald Trump’s executive orders on health care, setting the stage for a vote on the legislation in the House of Representatives.
A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., demanding that he reject the House bill that the GOP unveiled Tuesday.
The letter, dated Tuesday and signed by Sens.
Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinThis week’s headlines: Trump attacks GOP senators on tax reform | Dems vow to hold up vote on Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson | GOP unveils ‘skinny’ health care plan | Dems hold first public hearing on Trump nominee for secretary of health and human servicesRead moreThe senators say the GOP bill, which is opposed by many GOP lawmakers, would do too little to address rising costs, and leave too many Americans with no coverage at all.
Democrats have criticized the GOP legislation for being too expensive and say the legislation would leave millions of Americans uninsured.
The bill, according to the letter, would “leave many of our most vulnerable Americans with little or no coverage.”
“We believe that this bill would leave Americans without the coverage they need to make it through this year and into the next,” the senators write.
“The House GOP’s proposal would provide no new coverage for millions of our fellow Americans and would increase premiums for the already-high premiums that we are already paying for health insurance,” the letter continues.
“While we are deeply concerned about the Republican plan’s impact on our nation’s most vulnerable, we also believe that it is necessary to address the urgent needs of Americans.
We are calling for the Speaker to reject this plan and to instead take the first step toward making sure that we all have access to affordable health care.”
The Senate has scheduled a vote for Wednesday on a repeal-and-replace bill, or bill, that would be identical to the House proposal, but with some changes.
Senate Democrats, however, are calling the GOP proposal “mean” and say that the plan is a bad deal for the health of millions of people.
“It’s a horrible bill that will increase premiums and make it harder for millions to afford coverage,” said Sen. Chris Murphy Christopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenate Democrats plan to hold an early hearing on Ryan’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesSenate Democrats vow to use leverage to force Ryan to release Ryan’s tax returnsSenate Republicans plan to keep the filibuster on Trump nominees in 2018, even as they move forward with their health care proposalSenate Republicans have vowed to move forward on their health-care proposal despite a last-minute revolt from some Democrats, including Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
The Democrats also are calling out House Speaker Ryan, who on Tuesday morning was asked about his health care proposals and responded, “We’re not going to negotiate.
We’re going to pass a bill.
It’s going to be on the floor.”
Democrats say that this plan would leave hundreds of millions more people uninsured.
“While Republicans have promised to provide the kind of coverage they promised when they campaigned for president, this bill is not an improvement over the GOP House proposal,” the Democrats write.
“It would leave many of the most vulnerable people without coverage.
It would also result in millions more Americans losing coverage, making it impossible for many Americans to afford health insurance.”
Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R, Ky., have been trying to hash out their differences over health care and have been working on a compromise proposal to come up with a health care legislation that can pass the House.
The Senate bill is expected to pass the chamber and then be sent to the White House for President Donald Trumps signature.
It is expected that the White Trump administration will sign it into law.
Democrats are also pushing for a public option in the health care system.