Obama’s ‘no’ to Obama on Manteufflela
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The Senate’s health care bill, introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley, is about as bipartisan as you can get in the United States, and it includes some of the biggest changes to the American health care system since the 1990s.
But Senator Barbara Boxer, who has championed health care reform in her home state, said the House bill would make no progress.
The bill would only provide coverage to 1.5 million people in the state of California.
It would also repeal the state’s Medicaid expansion, which would have provided coverage to an estimated 2 million Californians by 2020, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Senate bill also includes a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, the first time that’s happened since Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts in the 1980s.
It is the only bill in Congress that does not increase taxes on the wealthiest 1% of Americans.
Even with all of that, Senator Barbara Mikulski, who represents Maryland and is the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, said she was “disappointed” in the House plan.
“It is an incredibly regressive tax,” she said.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, also expressed concern about the bill, saying it was “very bad news” for children, the disabled, seniors and the elderly.
She said she will work with her colleagues to ensure that it is “a great bill” and “not a giveaway to big corporations or special interests.”
Senator Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, called the House version “a bill that will do nothing to help low-income people, people of color, people with disabilities and vulnerable Americans.”
The bill would also gut the Affordable Care Act and dismantle protections for people with preexisting conditions, including for children.
It would roll back funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, which covers more than 2 million children, and would eliminate funding for states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.
It also would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides women’s health services.
McConnell is seeking to pass the Senate bill before President Donald Trump’s term ends.
He said the Senate legislation, if approved, will not repeal Obamacare, but it will be more comprehensive.
The Senate’s health care bill, introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley, is about as bipartisan as you can get in the…