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GOP still seeking health-repeal votes

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was originally published September 25, 2017 at 3:24 a.m. Updated September 25, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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In this Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to members of the media while attending an event in Lewiston, Maine.

In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in ...

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans' latest attempt to undo the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act met hardening resistance from key members Sunday, even as advocates vowed to keep pushing for a vote this week.

In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in ...

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RBear says... September 25, 2017 at 6:14 a.m.

Without the votes of Cruz and Lee, this bill is DOA (as if it wasn't already). The problem with the bill is that it leaves too much uncertainty regarding coverage, including that for pre-existing conditions. This bill takes us back to before the ACA and Republicans think that by rushing it through the American public will not realize that. Thanks to numerous analysts who are pouring over the bill as it morphs through the deal-making, that won't happen.
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One committee hearing today and Senate Democrats, and probably some Republicans, will expose many of the flaws in the bill. The comments of Cassidy and Graham will scrutinized for sound bites that will haunt them for weeks on healthcare. But that's no different than Republicans have done to help them court the votes of the Trump base to call for repeal.
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If this bill is truly worthy of replacing the ACA, it should stand the test of more hearings and more public scrutiny. It's only those things you are afraid to reveal that you sneak through in Congress.

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BoudinMan says... September 25, 2017 at 6:46 a.m.

I'm still waiting to see trump's "magic plan" that will replace the ACA with one that will cover everbody for less money. Where is that plan?

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RBear says... September 25, 2017 at 7:14 a.m.

BM, what I'm hearing from healthcare analysts are that there will "coverage," but it will be junk policy coverage that sounds like health insurance, but would probably get you a doctor's visit and maybe a little more. Nothing that would take care of major medical or pre-existing conditions. It puts us back in the situation we were in before the ACA where ERs picked up the tab for major medical.
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Trump most likely doesn't even know what's in this bill. He's just looking for some vote that someone will tell him repealed the ACA. In fact, it will probably take an aide to have to explain it to him when it does so he can tweet something. It shows how inadequate a president we really have. An underachiever president for an underachiever electorate.

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PopulistMom says... September 25, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.

The Republicans are trying to bribe Murkowski into supporting the bill by giving coverage to Native Americans in her state. Unfortunately, Arkansans are out of luck when it comes to this sort of pork.

All weekend there have been a parade of Republicans lying about what is in the bill. Basically, your healthcare coverage would be left to your state. It does not bode well for poor Arkansans with preexisting conditions. Arkansas' economy has improved since Medicaid expansion, now Cotton and Boozman want to take that away because they depend on the Kochs and the ADG for support--citizens of Arkansas be damned.

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TimberTopper says... September 25, 2017 at 8:23 a.m.

Without, McCain, Paul, Cruz, Lee, and most probably Collins, then maybe Murkowski, it appears to be a loser. Thank goodness! PopMom, "right on", is your statement regarding the 2 Arkansas senators. Small case s, to match the quality of those 2.

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RBear says... September 25, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.

Agree PM. We lost our "bargaining chip" when Cotton and Boozman went whole hog for Trump.

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gohogs17 says... September 25, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.

Gosh, this woman is ugly.

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