Time for a timeout on efforts to repeal Obamacare — Thursday Lead Letter

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The idea of capping Medicaid scares me to death.

"I don't think voters who expected, and even demanded, Obamacare repeal will forgive the GOP for failing", Luntz said. His commitments have been contradictory as a matter of simple mathematics.

Many factors contributed to the outcome of the 2010 election - including the passage of Obamacare that year - but it was hard for some Democrats to highlight the benefits of an energy bill that never became law.

When he campaigned for the presidency, Trump threatened to "rip up" the agreement, which he claimed was a terrible deal. White House officials said Wednesday the subsidies will be paid this month, but spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the status is "undetermined beyond that". Americans now broadly support the basic principles of Obamacare.

A new Senate bill to repeal Obamacare would leave 32 million more people uninsured by 2026 than under current law, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released Wednesday.

The lack of clarity has many Republican members unsure about the state of the bill and their support. So far, no arrests have been reported as part of Wednesday's protest, but organizers have said they expect hundreds more. Senators responded by vowing to revive legislative efforts left for dead twice already this week.

So imagine you're a Republican member of Congress from Kansas or Idaho or Alabama.

Mary Jane Maestas, 51, said she traveled from Colorado to attend. "I have my pen in hand".

That is far worse than the 22-million that the CBO forecast would lose coverage under the latest repeal-and-replace legislation. "That conversation and the White House's further involvement in recruiting a primary challenger were first reported Monday by Politico's Alex Isenstadt".

The poll was conducted as the GOP "repeal and replace" plan floundered in the Senate during the past week.

Some version of that story describes most Republicans in Congress. The central question is: How do you make it both cost-effective as well as fair? It's a government insurance program that gives free health insurance to people with low incomes or disabilities and is funded by the states and federal government.

Heller is a relatively moderate Republican who is opposed to the GOP health care bill and is largely considered to be in danger of losing his seat.

President Harry Truman famously said "the buck stops here".

But they have a lot to lose if they alienate their own base.

The other divide was within Trump's own constituency, a large share of which truly believed his pledge to make the system better.

Some liberals hopefully note that Republican senators eventually came around to pushing Richard Nixon to resign.

While the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act keeps Obamacare regulations on insurance companies, it would cut funding for one year to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

The Nixon era was also much less polarised.

The Republicans on the other hand don't know what they believe, who they are or what they want to be. Premiums are still rising.

Trump invited all senators to the White House where he pressured them to act on the legislation before leaving Washington for the August recess.

Trump is now at best irrelevant to the discussion and is actually making a nearly impossible job even more difficult. On June 26, I joined disabled people from Indiana in an occupation of the office of their Republican senator, Todd Young.

Lee and McConnell did not talk over the weekend, but Lee spoke twice to Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip. Ben Sasse of Nebraska. It is the one shared goal that may yet prevent liberals from relapsing into loyal apologists for the important, yet deeply flawed, Affordable Care Act. However, smaller regional plans, provider-sponsored plans, Medicaid managed care organizations and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans have grown their individual market imprints, "and they are the dominant issuers in the market right now", the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found.

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