When is the health care bill due?
Updated September 11, 2018 10:56:30The Senate’s latest effort to revive the ACA health care law is headed to the White House for final approval, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal and his administration’s repeated warnings that the health insurance law would be a catastrophe.
Key points:Trump has repeatedly said the ACA is “dead”President Trump said on Friday that the Republican health care plan is “a disaster”The Senate has a final deadline of Monday for a vote on the Republican healthcare planThe Senate on Monday passed its bill to revive Obamacare, but President Donald Trumps administration has repeatedly warned the measure is a disaster.
“The bill we passed today, which was passed overwhelmingly, has all the protections in it, all the checks and balances in it,” Mr Trump told reporters at the White Hill hotel in Washington on Friday.
“And it does that, it protects everybody, not just the insurance companies,” he said.
“So I think it’s dead.
It’s a disaster.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said the Senate would need to approve the legislation before it could go to President Donald J Trump for signature.
Mr McConnell has repeatedly accused Democrats of pushing legislation that is “stupid”.
“It’s not going to pass, it’s not a good bill, but it’s a good start,” he told reporters last month.
The Senate health care legislation is a long way from being fully completed, with many details still to be ironed out.
The White House on Saturday described the legislation as “dead in the water” and said it would be “very, very difficult” to pass the legislation this week.
“This is the worst piece of legislation we’ve ever had in the United States Senate,” Mr McConnell said on ABC News.
“It would be very, very, difficult to get it through the Senate this week, and we will have to wait until the next Congress.”
The Senate voted to advance its bill by a vote of 51-48 on Friday, with Republicans voting for it on a party-line vote of 52-46.
The legislation, which would repeal the ACA’s individual and employer mandates and allow states to opt out of many of the ACA rules, has the support of key Republican senators including Mitch McConnell, Dean Heller, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
The move to revive health care was initially announced as part of the US Congress’ healthcare package in May.
It would have allowed states to reject the ACA requirements and instead allow insurers to sell policies that cover less expensive, bare-bones coverage.
Republicans have said the move would allow insurance companies to offer lower premiums to lower-income people, particularly people with pre-existing conditions, by allowing them to set up cheaper plans.
The bill is also expected to provide tax relief to individuals and families earning less than $250,000 a year, as well as extend tax cuts for people making between $250 and $200,000.
Democrats have long been wary of reviving the ACA and have threatened to hold up a vote until the healthcare legislation is fully funded.
But Mr McConnell has said the measure could pass, and Democrats have said they would block the vote.
Mr Trump has previously accused Democrats who are backing the health bill of pushing the legislation “staggeringly stupid” and saying it would destroy the nation.
“I’m going to get rid of this disastrous Obamacare bill, and it’s going to be done by Christmas,” he tweeted in May after Senate Democrats backed the legislation.
The president told reporters on Friday he had not spoken with Mr McConnell about the healthcare bill since the last time they spoke.
“When I heard he was going to kill the health plan, I said to myself, ‘Well, he’s going too far,'” Mr Trump said.