Families USA: Victory for Families - Skinny Repeal Fails

We're going to find out if they want a clean repeal and replace when they put together the so-called "skinny version" or opportunity for it to go forward and essentially it's this.

Democrats have vowed not to offer any amendments until Republican leaders file their skinny bill as an amendment, leaving the chamber largely in a stalemate.

The legislation would lead to 16 million more uninsured people, according to an estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Rather, they're hoping to use it as a "vehicle" to convene a conference committee to work out a compromise bill with the House, which has already passed a repeal bill.

The skinny repeal concept, which the GOP turned to after two failed votes on more comprehensive repeal bills, would roll back the ACA's individual mandate, the employer mandate and a tax on medical devices. Mike Lee and Rand Paul, say Republicans' health care proposals don't go far enough to repeal Obamacare.

If the Senate does manage to pass the "skinny repeal" idea, there is still a big question mark over what's next. They would then present it to the House and Senate for final votes later in September, with limited debate and no amendments allowed - and with GOP leaders applying maximum pressure on Republican senators and House members to fall in line.

AHIP joined the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in voicing serious concerns with the GOP's idea to repeal the individual mandate, which requires almost all Americans to have health insurance or face a penalty.

"This is clearly a disappointing moment", McConnell said. And in doing so, they nearly certainly would use the House's harsh bill as their starting point.

An element of the Obamacare "skinny repeal" plan being considered by Republicans could send the individual health insurance market into a tailspin by making the same mistake NY state made in the 1990s, an expert says.

Given the wide gulf between the measures that have earned the support of a more conservative House Republican conference and those popular in the less doctrinaire Senate, the odds of a successful outcome seem slim at best. At the beginning of the week, Trump had praised McCain, when the Arizona senator, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, returned from his medical treatment to help the Senate agree to let the debate on health reform go ahead. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would be permissible under budget rules. House members and senators would have only two choices: vote yes or vote no. It's not a serious policy proposal, but a clever device to move to the next step of the ongoing effort to undo the ACA - one that would give GOP leaders their maximum leverage.

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For senators concerned about the potential impacts on hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of their constituents with low or modest incomes or pre-existing conditions, the appropriate path now is not to support a maneuver to open the door for enacting legislation in September that would harm their constituents. Americans will lose their coverage.

Vanessa Coleman

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