Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Even If It Passes The House, GOPE Health Plan's Chances Grow Dimmer In Senate


Factions of Republicans in the Senate are vehemently against the bill for opposing reasons, which will present a challenge for leaders trying to get a majority vote. 

Bloomberg: Senate GOP Holdouts Split Into Rival Camps On Obamacare Overhaul
The House is racing to find enough votes for its health-care bill this week, but even if it passes, prospects in the Senate have only darkened. More than enough Senate Republicans oppose the House bill to kill it -- with rival camps insisting on pulling the bill in opposite directions to meet their demands. With just a 52-48 majority, the bill would fail if three or more Republicans vote against it. (Dennis, 3/21) 

Modern Healthcare: GOP Leaders Amend ACA Repeal Bill, Mostly To The Right
The fate of the bill remains shaky in the Senate, where a number of Republicans have voiced strong concerns about its $880 billion in Medicaid spending cuts over 10 years and the projected increase in uninsured Americans by 24 million. But Joe Antos, a conservative health policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute, predicted that edgy Republicans in the House and Senate are likely to come around and back the bill because this will be the only vehicle for repealing and replacing Obamacare. (Meyer, 3/20) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. 

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