The Senate is poised to unveil its version of a health care overhaul bill on Thursday, but Democrats have expressed concern that the Senate could end up leaving too many of its own proposals in place.
Senate Democrats want to add several dozen key elements of their plan to their bill, including a proposal to create a single-payer health insurance plan, and the creation of a public option to provide subsidized insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.
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Senate Dems: Senate Dems want to change Obamacare with a single payer bill — POLITICO Live blog (@politicolive) March 21, 2021Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said he would “fight tooth and nail” to keep the Senate from adding a public plan.
“If we do not have a public health care option, we are going to have a crisis in the United States,” Schumer told reporters.
“And we’re going to end up with a very, very, small number of people who are uninsured and that’s going to be a disaster for the United Staters.”
Sen. Tim Kaine Timothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem senator: Senate Democrats ‘trying to get their act together’ on health care Senate Dems move forward on health-care bill amid GOP opposition — POLITICO live blog (@Politicolive), March 21 and Sen. Chuck Schumer said he was willing to fight tooth and nail to make sure there was a public solution to the crisis.
“I’m not going to take it away from the American people,” Schumer said.
“But we have to have an American health care system.
That’s what I’m going to fight for.”
Democrats on Tuesday proposed a package that included a public insurance plan that would include some of the more ambitious changes Democrats have demanded from the GOP plan, including the ability to negotiate a public-option health insurance option that could be expanded to cover a larger number of Americans.
Democrats have pushed to have the public option be included in their plan.
But they have also made it clear that they will not include it in their bill unless they get more of the public options elements included.
“It’s important that we have a strong public option.
We don’t want to see anybody get shut out of a plan.
So we have some elements in there that we would like to see,” Sen. Claire McCaskill Claire Conner McCaskillyTucker Carlson: GOP needs to ‘do more to win’ on the environment and social justice, says KaineThe Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh to testify on Capitol Hill next week MORE (D) said.”
There are some very serious and substantive elements in the bill that we’re hoping to include that we are committed to include in our plan.
That would include elements that would have a very significant impact on what we do about the opioid crisis.
It would include protections for our young people who have been disproportionately affected by this epidemic.
It’s important for us to be able to protect our most vulnerable population.”
But that’s a very high bar and we’re not there yet.
We need to do more to get it right.
“Senators are also expected to discuss some of their key proposals with Sen. Joe Donnelly Joseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyTrump ‘wanted to make life miserable’ for women with preexisting conditions Biden: ‘Don’t think it’s an exaggeration’ to say Democrats would support public option Biden: Trump wants to make things ‘very uncomfortable’ for Americans with pre/existing conditionsSen.
Richard Blumenthal Richard Mauze BlumenthalSenate Dems push to get public option on ACA Senate Dems push for public option Senate Dems vote to hold vote on ACA MORE (I-Conn.), who has called for a public single-payer plan, according to a Democratic aide.
Democrats also have proposed to expand Medicaid under the ACA, which currently covers about 12 million people in the country.
Senators have proposed expanding Medicaid under ACA to cover an additional 20 million people, a proposal that would not only cover more people, but would also help the states meet their Medicaid obligations under the bill.
Sen.(D-Mass.) is also expected in attendance at a meeting on Thursday morning on the Senate floor where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord’s lawyer: Hearing begins for DOJ officials accused of sexual misconduct Republican lawmakers question Kavanaugh accuser’s credibility GOP senators question Kavanaugh’s credibility MORE (R-Ky.) will deliver a speech on the bill, according in a statement.
Democrats are hopeful that McConnell will agree to add a public choice provision that would allow the Senate to move forward with the public health insurance component of the bill without the need to pass legislation that would require a public vote.
The White House on Tuesday defended McConnell’s decision to include a public component in the Senate bill.”
Senator McConnell’s plan would allow Congress to provide coverage for the uninsured and