The Dangers of the Senate Health Care Vote

David Durenberger

Federal support for Medicaid would shrivel even more over time under the Senate bill, likely forcing states to tighten enrollment, cut benefits or reduce provider rates, the Congressional Budget Office found.

The parliamentary procedures being used to advance ACA-repeal efforts are getting as much attention as the content of the legislation. In fact, having secured those 50 votes on the motion to proceed (plus a necessary tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence) the Senate must now move on to followup debate on multiple health care bills being tossed around by GOP leadership in the coming days.

The Senate bill is being written entirely in secret.

Perez was critical of the way Republicans have handled a possible repeal of the law, saying the Affordable Care Act was discussed at length before being passed. All 48 Democrats voted against it, as did two Republicans-Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska-creating a 50-50 deadlock which was broken by Pence's vote.

Those are some of the most unpopular parts of Obamacare. Why is it the taxpayers' duty to pay for someone else's medical costs? Millions of people were forced to give up health-insurance policies with which they were perfectly happy, so claims that "millions will lose their coverage" when Obamacare hits the dumpster ring hollow.

"The health care reform proposals now under consideration would harm millions of struggling Americans by leaving too many at risk of losing adequate health coverage and continue to exclude too many people, including immigrants", Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., said in a statement. They promised they would bring a health care system that would lower premiums, set smaller deductions, and cover everybody.

In a dramatic turn, Senator John McCain returned from Arizona where he is battling brain cancer to cast a crucial vote on the bill.

The Senate narrowly voted in favor of a motion to proceed to debate on the American Health Care Act Tuesday afternoon, but it remains unclear whether the GOP has the votes to pass an actual health reform bill.

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