Senate healthcare bill

White House leaving healthcare heavy lifting to Senate Republicans

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

The White House has publicly backed the bill and expressed optimism that an Obamacare overhaul could advance before lawmakers leave for the July 4 recess at the end of the week. But privately, the president and his team have left much of the heavy lifting to McConnell, who faces the challenge of changing the legislation to satisfy some or all of the five Republican senators who oppose it as it is written.

Where the Senate Health Care Bill Fails

Senator Ron Johnson, New York Times

We should return more flexibility to states, to give individuals the freedom and choice to buy plans they want without Obamacare’s “reforms.” And we should look to improve successful models for protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions, models underway prior to Obamacare, such as those in Maine and Wisconsin. Only then can the market begin to rein in the underlying cost of health care itself and reduce the cost of taxpayer subsidies.

Conservatives Oppose McConnell’s Obamacare Bill

Mitch McConnell’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is a Band-Aid when an amputation is needed. This is not what Congress has promised the American people and will only pave the way for a government-run, single payer system that Republicans will own. The Senate should, simply put, start over.

Senate healthcare bill is an Obamacare rescue package

Philip Klein, Washington Examiner

If this bill passes as written, there's very little reason to believe that the long-term spending reforms will ever see the light of day. But in the meantime, there's every reason to bet on the fact that Congress will follow through on the hundreds of billions of dollars in spending it's using to sustain Obamacare.