Get on with bipartisan effort to revamp U.S. health care | Letters

"Every Senate bill that's been produced, no matter what version they cook up, is at least as bad as the House bill and in some cases, worse than the House bill", Casey said, describing the Republican push to repeal Obamacare as an "ideological obsession". This was a procedural vote, not one on any particular piece of legislation. Under so-called single-payer, the federal government becomes the insurer, eradicating private health care insurance. "Let the voting take us where it will", as McConnell put it while presiding over the vote.

Recent study findings have determined the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had no effect on emergency room visits in Maryland.

But now that the procedural hurdle has been passed, the broader health bills that will (reportedly) be considered in the coming days, in the form of "amendments" that would supplant the basic legislative vehicle the Senate used to begin official debate Tuesday, face an uncertain future.

Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, who has consistently opposed the GOP efforts, were the only Republican Senators to oppose the motion in addition to all Democrats.

Those are some of the most unpopular parts of Obamacare. They found that in states that expanded eligibility for Medicaid, the gap in insurance coverage between people in poor households (incomes less than $25,000) and higher-income households (over $75,000) fell by 46 percent between 2013 and 2015. They promised they would bring a health care system that would lower premiums, set smaller deductions, and cover everybody.

So what's the goal here? The United States has the largest socioeconomic disparities in health care access of any wealthy country-but a new study, released by Health Affairs as a Web First, examines how the ACA has reduced that gap. In fact, Arizona Sen.

As the Senate debates the future of health care, it begs the question: How do members of Congress now get coverage?

The Senate may advance a narrow bill that would repeal Obamacare's insurance mandates and its tax on medical devices, with the aim of then working with House Republicans to flesh out a broader, final bill.

  • Jon Douglas