Why Republicans are losing control of Washington
A year ago, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have no choice but to try to pass health care legislation.
But the Trump administration has been bogged down in wrangling with the Republican leadership over the so-called “skinny repeal” of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, leaving the party vulnerable in the Senate.
The GOP’s efforts to repeal Obamacare have been mired in impasse since July, when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrats in the chamber, announced a bipartisan bill that would repeal most of the law, and then have a bipartisan vote to repeal a few parts.
Trump and McConnell are expected to unveil a new plan on Wednesday that would include some tweaks to the legislation.
The legislation would be a compromise of sorts, but it would still leave millions of Americans without coverage and would do little to address the country’s chronic health care woes.
A year later, Republicans are back in a bind as Democrats try to craft a bipartisan health care plan that can pass the Senate and get through the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold 52 seats.
The party’s only realistic chance of success would be if the president’s health care bill fails.
The White House is also expected to try again to pass a bill that is likely to be a lot more popular with the public than the current bill.
The Republican plan would be much more popular than the Affordable Care Act, which has more than 14 million Americans signed up and was passed by a whopping 74 million people.
It is the only major health care policy in recent history that was passed without significant bipartisan support.
The American Health Care Act would be the largest overhaul of the nation’s health insurance system since the passage of the landmark Medicare law in 1965.
The bill would give consumers much more control over the health care plans they receive, create more affordable, high-quality options for lower-income Americans, and allow people with pre-existing conditions to keep their health insurance plans.
The plan would also increase taxes on the wealthy and the rich would be taxed more than anyone else.
Democrats have promised to take their health care reform plan to the 2018 midterm elections, but they are not expected to release it until after the November election.
The Senate has been in recess since July for a two-week recess.
The House is expected to begin voting on the health bill later this week.
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