Senate Republican Healthcare Proposal Shows Political Divide In Republican Party Over Replacing Obamacare

The recent delay of a vote on a proposed Republican Senate healthcare bill that most recent polls shows is highly unpopular with Americans has thrown Republican leadership onto center stage under the spotlight and exposes the current political divide that exists inside the Republican party over plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Some conservative Republican senators such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) are unhappy that the Better Care Reconciliation Act doesn’t go far enough to repeal and replace Obamcare while other moderate Republican senators such as Maine Senator Susan Collins and Nevada Senator Dean Heller have voiced concerns about low income residents in their states would be impacted by Medicaid cuts if the Better Care Reconciliation Act is implemented.

On June 22th Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul released a statement that explained the Better Care Reconciliation Act doesn’t go far enough to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“The current bill does not repeal Obamacare. It does not keep our promises to the American people. I will oppose it coming to the floor in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations” Sen. Paul said.

Senator Paul followed up with another released statement on June 28th that outlines his own proposals for revising the Senate healthcare bill.

Since Republicans have a thin majority in the Republican majority Senate and all Senate Democrats remain opposed to overturning Obamacare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t afford to lose more than 2 Senate votes from Senate Republicans concerning the Better Care Reconciliation Act .

Public opposition to the Senate Republican’s Better Care Reconciliation Act is also running high as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell scrambles to negotiate with both wings of the Republican party and modify the proposed Republican healthcare legislation that aims to repeal and replace Obamcare.

According to a June 21-25th NPR/PBS Marist poll, just 17 percent of surveyed Americans approve of the proposed Senate healthcare plan with 55 percent disapproving.

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll taken from June 24-27th shows just 12 percent of surveyed Americans  support the Senate Republican healthcare bill.

A new score of the Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released on Monday shows that 22 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 while individual premiums would rise until 2020 as Medicaid dollars begin to dry up and the wealthiest Americans receive a tax cut.

Support for the House approved Republican American Health Care Act also remains tepid.

Based on a PPP poll taken from June 9-11th, just 24 percent of polled Americans support the House’s version to repeal and replace Obamcare with 55 percent opposing the proposed healthcare reform.

Low Approval Ratings For President Trump and Congress

Approval ratings of Congress is currently in the dumps with only 11 percent approving and 71 percent disapproving.

The same June 9-11th PPP poll shows there could be more political fallout ahead in 2018 for Congressional members that voted for the American Health Care Act because 48 percent of polled Americans said they are less likely to vote for a Congressional member who voted for the House’s American Health Care Act to 24 percent that said they would support such a person.

“Six weeks after the initial passage of the AHCA voter anger over it isn’t subsiding,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a released statement. “It continues to be the biggest issue driving a Democratic advantage in 2018.”

Approval ratings for U.S. President Donald Trump is noticeably weak which comes as he is already beginning to raise money for his 2020 reelection campaign.

Yesterday President Trump held a closed door political fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel that was closed to the media and raised an estimated 10 million for his reelection campaign.

According to a Real Clear Politics average of major presidential approval polls taken from 6/8 to 6/27 President Trump has a 40 percent approval rating with 53.9 percent disapproving.

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