Sen. Ben Sasse is having dinner tonight with Vice President Mike Pence as a part of the Trump administration’s attempt sway reluctant Senate votes ahead of the TrumpCare bill.
Sasse’s fellow Nebraskan in the Senate, Deb Fischer, has not announced her position on the bill, and we don’t see her name on the list of senators pushing for concessions.
Fischer got an earful on the TrumpCare bill last week during a town hall. More recently, she also raised criticism from constituents who tried to attend her re-election events but were turned away from venues, despite having tickets. Staffers told rejected attendees that they were “private” events, despite the fact that they had been widely advertised and tickets were available to everyone online.
Fisher told her raucous town hall that she wanted to see how the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office scored the TrumpCare bill before she voted. The CBO reported Monday that 22 million Americans would lose health insurance over the next decade as a result of TrumpCare. Premiums would grow less rapidly, but millions would have substantially higher out-of-pocket costs because their insurance would cover fewer services. Hurt most of all would be the near-poor, who would lose all coverage in states that expanded Medicaid, and older people who were not yet old enough to qualify for Medicare.
Members of Congress would be exempted from TrumpCare under the bill being considered.
The six Republican senators who are definite “no” votes are Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Susan Collins of Maine.
The bill has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Fischer had a 100 percent rating for her voting record on issues important to the chamber in 2016. Sasse had a 63 percent rating.
The TrumpCare bill fails to fulfill any of President Trumpsky’s promises. “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” he told the Washington Post in January. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”
In May, the Trumpster tweeted this: “Our healthcare plan will lower premiums and deductibles — and be great healthcare.”
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Failing to secure enough votes for TrumpCare , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) postponed the vote on TrumpCare until sometime after the July 4 holiday.