As the senate wrestles with the healthcare debacle that republicans have thrust on the country an opportunity lays in waiting. An opportunity for democratic senators and reasonable and rational republican senators to craft a bill that Americans would be comfortable with, that would control cost, AND, would not toss millions “to the dogs”.
Of course if the senate succeeded in doing this, putting America and all of its populace first (populism), the bill would need to be reconciled with the house’s “abortion” health care bill. Setting up a battle that could very well result in America going blue again in 2018 and 2020 if republicans are so foolish as to give the American people the middle finger.
If that happens America may just join the rest of the western democracies that already understand the ethical and moral issues surrounding health care and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in or modern world.
TPM … Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) signaled that the Senate may pursue similarly deep cuts. “We’ve got to get it under control. Right now it’s out of control” he said of Medicaid’s budget. “It’s going to be really out of control if we don’t do something.”
Gutting Medicaid is easier said than done, even with a Republican-controlled House, Senate and White House. Twenty of the Senate’s 52 Republicans represent states that expanded Medicaid, and Republicans can only afford to lose two votes when a health care bill finally comes to the floor.
“We have a very narrow Republican majority”, noted Cruz. We are going to have to find legislation that can command the support of 50 senators. We need senators across the ideological spectrum, senators from Medicaid expansion states and non-Medicaid expansion states to all have their concerns heard and reflected in the final bill.”
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) stressed the importance of “not pulling the rug out from under people”, but floated the idea that the a more generous system of tax credits could “pick up some of these people” that lose Medicaid.
“Our concern is that we need a softer landing to give states time to pick up the slack and continue to provide coverage”, he said (Portman).
Full TPM article BELOW THE FOLD.