The Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something that covers fewer, is more expensive, undermines Medicaid, and gives big tax breaks to the wealthy has failed. Senate leader Mitch McConnell brought several pieces of legislation to a vote, including the so-called “Skinny Repeal” — the last ditch effort to find a lowest common denominator that 50 Republicans would vote for. This post reviews what was in the top-secret Skinny Repeal bill and talks about how Rob Portman voted on all of the major Republican health care legislation.
First, a big THANK YOU to Rob Portman for coming out against the most recent healthcare idea: repeal now, replace later. This is a terrible plan: there is no reason to think that the GOP, a party that had 7 years to come up with a replacement, would do so given 2 more, so this plan means nothing but medical and financial disaster for millions of Americans. But, McConnell is determined to have a vote on some kind of healthcare bill next week, so this post will provide a snapshot comparison of the plans floating around capitol hill.
Things have been quieter in the House, but one big concern is the lack of action on the Russia sanctions bill that was passed by the Senate 98-2. What’s Bob Latta’s stance on this bill? Encourage him to tell his GOP leadership to bring it to the floor for a vote.
“I opposed the last draft of the Senate health proposal because I had concerns about the measure’s Medicaid policies, especially those that impact drug treatment for those suffering from addiction,” he said in the statement. “I’ve also consistently said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t working for many Ohio families and small businesses whose premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed, and choices have disappeared as health insurance plans have left Ohio.”
In this post, some key points of the latest proposal are reviewed.
Rob Portman’s constituents have have staged die ins, visited (and refused to leave) his office, protested strategically and symbolically on a bridge between Ohio and West Virginia, and even visited him in Washington DC. They have been very clear: he should vote NO on the draconian GOP health care bill.
Mitch McConnell is postponing the Senate vote on health care, but voters need to keep the issue front and center with Rob Portman: he is one of the key Senators who could push his party to finally work with Democrats to fix the ACA instead of dismantling it altogether.
This post outlines a few key ideas to continue highlighting with Rob Portman.