The GOP is ‘willing to kill the filibuster’ as it moves to pass Trumpcare bill
A week after its passage, the Republican-controlled Senate is moving forward with its version of the American Health Care Act, the country’s first major health care overhaul since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.
But in the House, the measure is expected to face opposition from several GOP members who have been critical of its proposed cuts to Medicaid and to the Medicaid expansion program known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
On the Senate side, the bill, which is awaiting final approval, is also expected to receive the backing of some conservatives who have criticized some of the proposals in the GOP-led effort to repeal and replace President Donald Trump’s health care law.
A draft of the bill circulated Thursday evening by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had a number of provisions from the ACA, including a repeal of the requirement that Americans get insurance coverage or pay a penalty, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Medicare for All health care programs, as well as the defunded Planned Parenthood in the Childrens Health Insurance program.
But in a press conference Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R of Wis., said that the bill was still moving forward.
“It is moving along in the Senate, and I’m confident that as we move along it will pass the Senate,” Ryan said.
“It is a bill that we will take to the House.
We will pass it, and then we will have an opportunity to have an open discussion.”
Democrats are trying to stop it from becoming law in the U.S. House and Senate, where Republican leaders will try to overcome a series of procedural hurdles to pass the bill and send it to Trump.
Republicans control both chambers of Congress and are poised to pass a major overhaul of the U-S-1 immigration system.
The bill also would extend Medicaid to those who are uninsured or underinsured under the Affordable Health Care Law, as a way to expand coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
Republicans say the Medicaid program will help millions of people in states where Medicaid expansion has not taken place.
The bill would also make changes to how health care insurance works, including requiring that health plans cover the entire cost of a person’s medical care and provide coverage to those with preexisting conditions.
But critics have argued that changes to the program that would have helped the poorest Americans with pre/existing conditions could also have an impact on those who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and have insurance that is not readily available.
The legislation would also eliminate the Affordable Child Care and Development Tax Credit, which helps people who can’t afford child care costs for their children, or those with a pre-established income, and would allow states to opt out of the Children First Act, which requires those with incomes over 400% of the federal poverty level to be covered by Medicaid.
The Senate bill is expected for a vote on Thursday, with Democrats expected to block it.
Republicans are also trying to prevent the House from taking up the bill for the year by not passing the bill at all.
If it does not reach the Senate floor before Labor Day, it would then go to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
McConnell and the Senate leadership have said they are willing to move forward with the legislation, even if it does face opposition.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, on Thursday said the legislation is moving ahead.
“We’re going to try to pass it.
We’re going be very open with it,” he said.
Democrats say they will filibuster the bill.
The House Democratic caucus has also been pressuring Ryan to allow a vote.