From Los Angeles Daily News:
The White House and Republican leaders in Congress scrambled on Tuesday to shore up support for their health care bill as critics went on the attack over new estimates [from the Congressional Budget Office] that 14 million people would lose insurance coverage in the first year alone.
With Washington blanketed in a rare March snow, congressional GOP leaders and top aides to President Donald Trump got to work trying to salvage the legislation, which they hope to push through the House next week and the Senate the week after that. Trump has promised to sign the bill, fulfilling seven years of GOP promises to undo “Obamacare,” even though the legislation breaks the president’s own past promises to safeguard Medicaid and provide health insurance for all.
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Republicans say they are not trying to achieve the widespread coverage that Democrats aimed for by including penalties in the Affordable Care Act for people who weren’t covered. Instead Republicans would eliminate that mandate, and their buzzword is “access” to affordable coverage for people who want it.
“You sit there and talk about coverage, but coverage is not the end. People don’t get better with coverage,” [Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director] said.
Angry Democrats, united against the GOP bill, scoffed at such claims.
Criticism also is coming from conservatives who threaten to foil GOP leaders’ plans of swift passage of the legislation before Easter, when Congress is scheduled to go on a two-week recess that could expose lawmakers to town hall fury.
If you look really closely at Dr. Tom Price’s caduceus, you might notice that he’s been signalling his attitude toward health care consumers for year:
“This bill doesn’t unite Republicans. This bill doesn’t bring down the cost of premiums,” [Ohio Republican Rep. Jim] Jordan [, a member of the Freedom Caucus and one of the most outspoken critics of the bill,] told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” ‘’I don’t think it’s going to accomplish what we told the voters we were going to do.”
Senators are just beginning to absorb the CBO findings and were to meet at the Capitol Tuesday with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
“It’s awful. It has to be a concern,” Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said of the budget office findings. “President Trump said he wanted as many people covered as under Obamacare.”
“At the end of the day, we should pause and try to improve the product in light of the CBO analysis rather than just rejecting it,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
All along Republican leaders have assumed that once it comes time to vote, few if any Republicans will dare vote “no” on the repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” that their party has been promising for seven years.
The Raisin is working on replacing all the cabinet department seals to better reflect what they stand for in the Twitler era. Here is the new Heath and Human Services seal: