A group of Republican senators are making a late push to repeal and replace Obamacare this month even as some colleagues seem ready to move on or even work with Democrats to patch up the law.
Sanders focused on the larger meaning of moving to a government-run program, with health care practitioners and patients joining him at the press conference Wednesday to voice their support for a single-payer system.
They've struggled for weeks to round up sufficient support for the package. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Sen.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, the plan's leading author, took jabs at his party's leaders - the White House has been largely quiet on the proposal and Senate Republican leaders have left it largely up to the gang backing the bill to drum up the needed votes - amid pleas for support.
But they're at it again, with a new plan to replace Obamacare from Sens.
Republicans' last attempt in July to overturn Obamacare fell one vote short in the Senate in a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday that it would "probably" be worse than doing nothing at all on the health law.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of 16 Democratic co-sponsors for Sanders' proposal, told the gathering it was time to go a step beyond Obamacare, the 2010 law officially called the Affordable Care Act that expanded health coverage to 20 million Americans.
"This is the defining fight for the future of health care and the Republican Party", he said.
They would get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card. The summary says that Sanders' bill would eliminate deductibles and most other out-of-pocket costs for consumers, but that the government "may impose limited co-payments for prescription drugs in order to encourage the use of lower-cost generic drugs". Democrats point to a study from the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that found that an earlier version of the bill would result in a 34 percent cut in spending compared to ObamaCare over 10 years. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. "On top of that, the most disadvantaged Nevadans are forced to pay a fine for a product that they can not afford". "The only way we win this is when the American people stand up - as they are - and demand real change".
This, too, is fine with me as a conservative, and it's something the bill's sponsors touted as a benefit in their press conference today. Sanders' plan would essentially create a single-payer system which would guarantee insurance for the estimated 28 million Americans without insurance, and make insurance less complicated and less expensive, according to CBS News. "I don't think it's a good strategy for the general election".
Beneficiary advocates and Democrats who just successfully beat back Republicans' ACA repeal and replace effort wasted no time in blasting health reform legislation introduced Wednesday (Sept. 13) by GOP Sens. Chris Murphy of CT and Ohio's Sherrod Brown. That pool would grow almost 50 percent in six years, reaching $200 billion in 2026.
"The only thing stopping us from having this idea debated on the floor of the United States Senate is lack of leadership", Graham said.
The Republican effort to dismantle Obama's law is also a long shot.
The company said on Tuesday it was still working with some state regulators on its market participation for next year.
Murray said she anxious the GOP wants to "wind up increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients and families".