Senate on House Health Care Bill: Meh

The Senate yesterday gave the House health care bill the sort of reception that a crazy uncle gets when he accepts an invitation to the wedding sent via word of mouth. Dag, it showed up. Senators are not doing handstands.

The New York Times reports that the bill will possibly be altered so much that those who crafted it in the House won’t recognize it. Republicans control the Senate—barely—with a 52-member majority. But some GOP senators have raised concerns about how the House bill will affect costs of care for low-income people. And what happens to those hard-to-insure people?

Then, there’s Medicaid. Senators in states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA expressed concerns that the program will now be scaled back, leaving behind angry constituents.

Those who recall the criticism leveled at how the ACA became law will recognize the concern voiced by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. “Don’t know what’s in it,” he tells the Times. “Waiting to see if it’s a boy or a girl.” The House passed the bill without having first gotten an assessment of just what it will cost from the Congressional Budget Office, and that also concerns Graham.

GOP senators should not expect any help from their Democratic colleagues. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy tells the Times: “I hope this thing is dead on arrival, and I hope that a ton of House members lose their seat for voting for something this inhumane.” 

Source: New York Times