We may know the future of the Senate health care bill by the end of the week. And what a week it will likely be starting with the results of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report which could be released as soon as today.
Fans and foes of the Senate Republicans’ bill to erase major parts of the Affordable Care Act were anxiously awaiting a forecast expected Monday from the Congressional Budget Office on how the plan would affect the number of uninsured Americans and federal spending.
Depending on its findings, the estimates by Congress’s nonpartisan budget scorekeepers could propel or thwart Senate GOP leaders’ drive to accumulate enough votes for the measure.
According Fox News, “Some Republican senators expressed doubt Sunday about holding a vote on the health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare until the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis on the legislation and changes are considered.” Fox also put together a short video on the proposed bill which you can watch by clicking here or on the picture below.
With Democrats united against the bill, Republicans can only afford to lose two votes in its own party for the plan to pass. TheHill.com recently listed five Republicans who oppose the bill in its current form.
- Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
- Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.)
- Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.)
- Sen. Mike Lee (Utah), and
- Sen. Mike Lee (Utah)
While Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake both support repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, neither has pledged support to the new Senate health bill. AzCentral.com wrote:
Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are approaching the newly released Senate Republican health-care bill with caution.
McCain and Flake, both Arizona Republicans, were shut out of the bill’s drafting, along with many of their Senate GOP colleagues, and only got their first look at the legislation to roll back former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care-reform law on Thursday.
After complaining about the secrecy involved in the writing of the bill, McCain and Flake signaled Thursday that they will take some time to study the “discussion draft” and weigh its potential ramifications.
Arizona is one of 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid cuts proposed in the health care bill could deeply affect many Arizonans. Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association President & CEO Greg Vigdor recently said –
“Of paramount concern is the devastating impact the measure would have on the Medicaid program and the 73 million Americans who depend on it. Reduced Medicaid enrollment means more people without health coverage. This inevitably will result in a massive shift of financial risk and burden from the federal government to states, local healthcare providers and Arizona patients and families.”
We’d love to hear your thoughts on how the next week might play out and how you believe our Senators will ultimately vote on the health care bill. No matter where you stand on this issue, it is important that we keep the lines of communication open to make sure whatever happens…..it is in the best interest of the people, patients and communities of our state. That is how we will one day reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!