And Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has arranged for it to go straight to the floor of the Senate, where it would need only 50 votes (plus the vice president) to pass, pushing through a major reform of one-sixth of the USA economy without the opposition party or the public knowing anything about its contents.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the governors argued that "true and lasting reforms are best approached by finding common ground in a bipartisan fashion". These are striking comments from a Republican senator whose party is seeking to push through legislation without the help of Democrats. The Affordable Care Act prohibits denying coverage to people due to their health status. Jeff Tarte said, mentioning his concerns with the new bill, which now heads to the Senate rules committee for consideration. Schumer decried the lack of public hearings on an issue that would affect millions of Americans.
The Senate version must duplicate the $133 million in estimated savings the House bill would deliver; it needs at least 50 votes to pass, but even with Republicans controlling the Senate it's unclear whether majority leader Sen. "Seems like around here, the last step is getting information, which doesn't seem to be necessarily the most effective process". Medicaid now covers more than 70 million low-income people. Any extra money spent on Medicaid expansion would have to be cut elsewhere.
It would slow a phase-out of income taxes to 5 percent annual reductions, with cuts after the first year occurring only if overall revenue growth from sales and income taxes exceeds five-year rolling averages.
Why all the secrecy?
A New York Times story quotes Republican Sen. Susan Collins is well positioned to do something about it. Failure to include such restrictions would jeopardize support from conservative Republican senators, whose votes will be needed for passage. What if they bring out a similar bill or something even worse, but the American people will not have a way of knowing because the Senate is actively concealing it. Activists must understand that they have less time to save the Affordable Care Act than they might think.
"On behalf of my caucus, I write to invite you and the Republican Conference to an All-Senators meeting next week on the topic of health care". Disruption in the face of this violation of legislative norms is no vice.
"I believe you're going to see a grassroots juggernaut from one side of the country to another that the next two weeks are pivotal", he told reporters.
The Obama-era ACA created a new category of federal health care financing by subsidizing premiums for private insurance plans. Leibenluft spoke before the horror of Wednesday's shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others, which properly commanded the nation's attention. "We want our community to know we are prepared".
"We've said, through many votes this session, that the personal income tax reforms are not something we think should take place this year", he added. His column is expected to return next week. Charles Krauthammer is on vacation this week.