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Carmel, CA TrumpCare Stalling In Congress

by Richard Kuehn on 03/11/17

Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare are proving easier said than done.  Governors from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are vigorously fighting its appeal.  Republican Governors from the sixteen states that expanded Medicaid are lobbying heavily against the House GOP plan which would freeze funding starting in 2020 for states that expanded Medicaid and follow that with steep cuts in funding.  Democrats are also vehemently against the repeal.  Senator Jeff Merkley (Democrat, Oregon) called the replacement bill a “dangerously bad plan” and said it would slash Medicaid and dramatically raise costs for older Americans.  “It gives big tax breaks to high-income Americans while raising taxes for low-income America,” he said.  The bill proposed to replace Obamacare would deliver about $157 billion in tax benefits over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan panel that provides research on tax issues.  There is also a deep division amongst Republicans.  Representative Dave Brat (Republican, VA), a member of the Budget Committee, said he plans to vote no “if it’s the bill we’re talking about right now.”  He predicted that “it will be a death spiral on Trump’s watch,” he told The Wall Street Journal

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