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GOP Senate fails to follow through on Obamacare promises

05 August 2017

Nowhere is that more apparent than in the individual exchanges.

We kept sounding the alarm about the damage that Congress had unleashed by foisting the ironically named "Affordable Care Act" on the public, while the Obama administration insulated them from the full costs of the program with taxpayer subsidies that were never even appropriated. A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this week that a coalition of attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia could intervene in the case.

A federal court a year ago ruled the subsidies unconstitutional, but they've continued to be paid pending settlement negotiations.

Lee also said the Senate didn't work the way it's supposed to and that it "failed the American people".

President Donald Trump has been playing to that crowd ever since his election campaign.

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Add to the list: Attorneys general, business leaders, governors, medical providers and even some Republican lawmakers.

I'd caution against health care advocates breathing a sigh of relief.

It also "is inaccessible to many immigrants", he said in a statement. He said, "The votes are simply not there". "Alexander", said the top Democrat on that panel, Sen. Members of Congress from both parties feared it would result in a "brain drain" because making employees pay the full cost of insurance would make Capitol Hill a less desirable place to work.

This latest failure followed several other votes in the past week to repeal or replace the controversial law that brought health care coverage to some 20 million previously uninsured Americans.

After the vote, McCain called for efforts to enact a bipartisan solution. Both Republicans and Democrats agree on this. "I don't see it as much a White House issue as a leadership issue in the House and Senate".

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Arizona is among 31 states that expanded Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health law. "We will do whatever we have to to protect the continuity of these payments".

"It begins by recognizing that all of us here - Democrats and Republicans alike - are to some extent culpable for the current dysfunction". And according to Levitt's calculations, that would end up costing the government about $2.3 billion more than if they had paid the insurers at the outset. "Unfortunately, this means higher premiums will be charged", McPharlin wrote in a June 1 bulletin.

"If a four-star Marine general can't get it done, it can't happen", Huckabee said. John Thune, R-S.D., the Senate's third-ranking Republican. White House officials have said Trump will decide this week on the August installment.

He gave a list of reforms that he would need to vote yes on the bill, all of which were included in House Republicans' replacement bill for Obamacare but many of which would be unlikely to get bipartisan support.

Their drive crashed last week. But on Tuesday, budget director Mick Mulvaney told CNN that the Trump administration would make its decisions on a "month-by-month basis".

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"This won't be an easy process, but the people we represent are depending on us for help", the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor.

GOP Senate fails to follow through on Obamacare promises