Category: AHCA

Groups spending millions to defeat Senate health care bill:…

Groups spending millions to defeat Senate health care bill: “We win or lose over the next week”

  • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, aware of the drag the Senate bill could have on vulnerable Republicans in 2020, is targeting women, swing and older voters in Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Texas with Google and YouTube ads. 
  • The approach targets “cord-cutters” in states where Republicans like Heller and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are expected to face tough re-election bids in 2018, DSCC spokesperson David Berstein said.
  • The DSCC is not alone in targeting Flake and Heller. The Hill reported Friday that two progressive organizations purchased a “six-figure ad buy” in Arizona and Nevada.
  • Those senators have also drawn the attention of AARP, which is concerned the bill’s Medicaid cuts would decrease access to nursing home and in-home health care for older Americans. AARP is running radio ads in seven states and TV ads in eight states, spending millions of dollars on its own. Read more. (6/24/17, 12:46 PM)

Senate health care bill already in trouble as Republicans voice…

Senate health care bill already in trouble as Republicans voice opposition

  • The health care draft bill Senate Republicans released Thursday morning is already at risk of imploding, after four GOP Senators announced they could not support the plan in its current form.
  • Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in a statement that they oppose the draft plan in its current form. 
  • That’s more than the two votes Senate Republicans can stand to lose in order for the bill to pass. Read more. (6/22/17, 2:26 PM)

Health Care Bill: Senate GOP unveils long-awaited AHCA…

Health Care Bill: Senate GOP unveils long-awaited AHCA draft

  • Senate Republicans released a “discussion draft” of their health care reform bill on Thursday, a plan that, if passed, would phase out Medicaid expansion, allow states to waive “Essential Health Benefits” and lower the number of people who receive tax credits to help people purchase coverage, among other things.
  • The bill would also cut funding to Planned Parenthood for a year, while doing away with many of the taxes created by the Affordable Care Act that hit the wealthiest tier of Americans.
  • In all, the bill is very similar to the version of the American Health Care Act the House passed in May, which independent, non-partisan analysts said would cause 23 million people to lose coverage. Read more. (6/22/17, 11:30 AM)

Republicans accused Democrats of “secret” health…

Republicans accused Democrats of “secret” health care negotiations in 2010. Now, they’re doing it.

  • Senate Republicans plan to vote on their yet-to-be-seen health care bill next week, according to multiple reports.
  • The timing of the vote means there will be zero congressional hearings that allow experts to vet the bill, and the public will have less than a week to read and digest legislation that will impact one-sixth of the U.S. GDP.
  • The secretive way in which Senate Republicans plan to pass their health care overhaul is exceedingly unpopular — 73% of voters want the party to discuss its plans in public, according to a CBS News poll
  • It also flies in the face of issues the GOP itself raised with how Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Read more (6/20/17)

Senate Democrats shut down floor in protest of GOP’s…

Senate Democrats shut down floor in protest of GOP’s secretive Obamacare repeal bill

  • Senate Democrats will protest the secretive process their Republican colleagues are using to develop their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by shutting down their branch of Congress’ routine business, CNN reported on Monday.
  • The Democrats plan to put up a united front to try to block all “routine requests to let the chamber operate,” down to committee hearing scheduling and vote scheduling procedures. 
  • The decision to go into a heightened resistance mode, at least for a while, could threaten to send the normally slower and more deliberative Senate into somewhat more of a deadlock. 
  • But it’s ultimately more of a symbolic move, and is unlikely to affect the closed-door process the GOP is using to craft the legislation. Read more (6/20/17)

Republican health care bill would cause 6.4 million young adults…

Republican health care bill would cause 6.4 million young adults to lose coverage, study finds

  • The American Health Care Act bill that GOP leaders say makes good on their promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” will hit millennials hard, a new study released this week found.
  • About 6.4 million adults aged 19 to 29 would lose coverage, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
  • “Lower- and middle-income young adults would see large coverage losses, unsurprising given the large coverage gains these groups made under the [Affordable Care Act]” according to the study. Read more (6/16/17)

Senate leadership restricts reporter access in Capitol, as GOP…

Senate leadership restricts reporter access in Capitol, as GOP writes health care bill in secret

  • An apparent last-minute rule change by Senate leadership caught Capitol Hill reporters off-guard on Tuesday, when they found themselves blocked from asking senators questions on camera in the hallways of the Capitol without explicit permission, according to multiple reports.
  • The new directive is a stark change from regular order in the Capitol, where credentialed reporters are traditionally given the same access to hallways and public spaces as Capitol Hill staff.
  • Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chair of the Rules Committee that reportedly made the decision, denied that any rules had changed. Read more (6/13/17 1:45 PM)

Bernie Sanders burns Senate Republicans for writing the health…

Bernie Sanders burns Senate Republicans for writing the health care bill in secret

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) is calling out Republicans…

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) is calling out Republicans for trying to vote on health care without a debate. On Wednesday, Mitch McConnell filed a motion to fast-track the AHCA, meaning there could be a vote without any committee hearings.

While everyone watched Comey, The House voted to kill Wall…

While everyone watched Comey, The House voted to kill Wall Street reform and the Senate made moves to fast-track the AHCA

  • While former FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday testimony blanketed the news congressional Republicans quietly moved forward some of their major agenda items.
  • The House debated the Financial Choice Act — a bill that would kill many of the Wall Street regulations created following the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The House ultimately passed the bill along party lines Thursday afternoon, sending it to the Senate.
  • And Senate Republicans have moved closer to coming up with a health care bill they say will make good on their promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Read more (6/8/17)