Insurance group encouraged by GOP bill

Postado Junho 25, 2017

On Thursday, protesters held a "die-in" outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as the GOP unveiled legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Right now 60 disability rights advocates are staging a die-in in front of Senator McConnell's office to protest cuts to Medicaid which will eliminate home and community-based services that have secured disabled people's freedom", the group said in a Facebook post.

The Senate Republican health care bill would drastically cut Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor. "It cuts health care for those who need it most, just to give a tax break for those who need it least".

As the protest gathered, Capitol police began to assemble, taking some of the more non-compliant protesters out of the area by force.

Paul says that he and the other senators are "definitely open to negotiation" but that they need to make their opposition clear in order to ensure negotiations happen. Protest organizers said several dozen people had been arrested.

Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.

"I'm proud to be one of the people here protesting", she said. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.

But McConnell has made a career out of navigating such cross currents, especially since obtaining his dream job as majority leader after Republicans won Senate control in 2014.

McConnell's office referred to Capitol Police for comment.

The House approved its version of the bill last month.

"Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty", the protesters chanted outside his office.

Senate leaders plan to move the bill to the floor after receiving an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which said Thursday it will do "early next week".

In a move that will please the health-care industry, the Senate bill also proposes repealing all the ACA taxes except for its "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health plans in language similar to the House version.