I’ve been offline a bit this week as I have been in the middle of a pretty exciting and substantial move. I hope to be able to announce more about that soon, but I hope you’ll accept my apology for being out of the loop a bit this week. In the meantime, I wanted to take some time to do a roundup on the issue of health care.
The Senate Republicans finally released the text of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” — the health care plan that 13 male members have been drafting in secret. I thought I would do a quick rundown in regards to what is being said about this bill, as well as point everyone to resources that spell out the differences between the Senate Bill, the House Bill and ObamaCare.
First of all, here’s the link to the full bill if you want to read the complete version.
Meanwhile, here’s a sampling of some of the things said by medical groups opposing BCRA:
American Academy of Pediatrics: “There is too much at stake for those of us who care for children to be silent. Pediatricians will continue to speak out for what children need until we see legislation that reflects it.”
The AARP: “As we did with all 435 Members of the House of Representatives, AARP will also hold all 100 Senators accountable for their votes on this harmful health care bill. Our members care deeply about their health care and have told us repeatedly that they want to know where their elected officials stand. We strongly urge the Senate to reject this bill.”
American Hospital Association: “We urge the Senate to go back to the drawing board and develop legislation that continues to provide coverage to all Americans who currently have it.”
The American Medical Association has a website dedicated to what they would like to see in health care policy.
The March of Dimes: “This bill penalizes pregnant women, children and families at every turn. The March of Dimes calls upon all U.S. Senators to vote against this ill-conceived package, and to go back to the drawing board to produce legislation that will support the needs of moms, babies and families.”
Response from Congress
Here are the statements from the members of Congress from Kansas and Missouri. (I think that’s where a majority of the followers of this blog are from. However, if you are from a different state and would like me to include your lawmaker in my future roundup, just send me a note!)
Sen. Jerry Moran (Kansas)
Sen. Pat Roberts (Kansas)
Sen. Roy Blunt (Missouri)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (Missouri)
Democrat Senator McCaskill calls it “exactly what you would expect when the future of health care gets negotiated in a secret backroom deal.”
And, in case you missed it, here’s the Facebook post from former President Barack Obama.
There were also several protests. One happened outside Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office and included at least one person from Kansas.
There was also a protest at Reagan National Airport greeting members of Congress as they left for their flights back home.
I think calls about the health care bill are the most important thing today, but there are a couple pieces about Russia that are worthy of your time as well.
First, there is this story from The Washington Post which goes inside Obama’s struggle to confront Putin on election hacking. It is long and reads like a Tom Clancy novel — so grab a cup of coffee and settle in.
And finally — this one from The Miami Herald, which, as one person said — should be made into a movie.
Have a happy weekend, everyone!