COLUMBUS, OH — As Senate Republicans rushed for the exits yesterday on the health care repeal bill that Senator McConnell was trying to force through, they actually laid out the detailed case for why there is no way to salvage this sinking ship.
There is no health care repeal bill which meets the standards Republican senators have laid out. Their criticism of this bill ended up as an indictment of health care repeal — so it’s time to move on. Every CBO analysis of health care repeal confirmed it will cut coverage from millions, raise costs and eliminate consumer protections. Those are all things GOP Senators have now pledged they won’t support.
Even Ohio’s own Rob Portman said:
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): “I Continue To Have Real Concerns About The Medicaid Policies” ‘…I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when Ohio is facing an opioid epidemic. […] Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I cannot support it in its current form.’ [Statement, 6/27/17]
The question now is will Senator Portman stand with his colleagues or sell out Ohioans?
Take a look for yourself, at Portman’s colleagues reactions:
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME): “So Many Fundamental Problems With The Bill.” ‘I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report that it’s difficult for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill’ [CNN, 6/27/17]
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): “We Should Be Working With Our Colleagues On The Other Side.” ‘When did we get to the point where we said, ‘No, we’re not going to talk to Democrats about a fix?’ We should be working with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle.’ [NBC News, 6/27/17]
Senator Dean Heller (R-NV): “Republicans And Democrats Should Sit Down Together.” [Twitter, 6/27/17]
Senator Dean Heller (R- NV): “You have to protect Medicaid expansion”. ‘It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes,’ Heller said. ‘You have to protect Medicaid expansion states. That’s what I want.’ [The Hill, 6/28/17]
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI): “I Wish We Were Doing This On A Bipartisan Basis.” ’I wish we were doing this on a bipartisan basis. Ithink it was a mistake saying right away we were going to do this partisan, that’s where we’re out.’ [The Hill, 6/28/17]
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): Bill Is “Too Much Of A Cliff.” [CNN, 6/28/17]
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): “The Core For Me Is The Medicaid Provision.” ‘More opioid funding would be very good and very beneficial, but the core for me is the Medicaid provision,’ Capito said. She added: ‘If you can’t access the treatment, it’s not going to do you any good.’ [The Hill, 6/27/17]
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): “This Bill Will Not Ensure Access To Affordable Health Care In West Virginia” ‘As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, and harms rural health care providers..’ [Statement, 6/27/17]
Senator John McCain (R-AZ): “We Would Lose A Lot of Money.” ‘My own governor is extremely worried, because we’re a Medicaid expansion state and we would lose a whole lot of money,’ McCain warned Tuesday. [The Hill, 6/28/17]
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT): “It Ignored Middle-Class Families.” ‘The first draft of the bill included hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the affluent, bailouts for insurance companies, and subsidies for lower-income Americans. But it ignored the middle-class families”’[Statement, 6/27/17]
Senator John Hoeven (R-ND): “We Want To Ensure That Low-Income People Have Access To Health Care Coverage” ‘In addition, we want to ensure that low-income people have access to health care coverage either through Medicaid or a refundable tax credit that enables them to buy their own health insurance policy.’ [Statement, 6/27/17]
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE): “Nebraskans Are Dissatisfied With It And So Am I.” [Omaha World-Herald, 6/27/17]
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS): “The Senate Health Care Bill Missed The Mark For Kansas.” “The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support. […] a plan that makes certain Kansans will have access to more affordable and better quality healthcare.” [Twitter, 6/27/17]