Biggest obstacle to GOP Health Care Bill may be within the Republican party


AT WTNH DOT COM. 3 NEW AT NOON MEMBERS OF THE STATE’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION – TAKING AIM AT THE SENATE áREPUBLICANSá HEALTHCARE PLAN. DEMOCRATIC U-S SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL CALLS THE LEGISLATION-WHICH WAS CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS-CRUEL. NEWS 8’S KENT PIERCE HAS MORE ON THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE-LIVE IN NEWS 8 CONTROL.A DAY AFTER REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE UNVEILED THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN, CONNECTICUT’S DEMOCRATIC SENATORS JUST HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CAPITOL COMPLEX IN HARTFORD, ONE OF MANY STOPS THEY’RE MAKING TODAY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE BILL.SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL STARTED THE DAY IN NEW BRITAIN AT A NON-PROFIT NURSING HOME. HE TOURED THE PROPERTY, HELD A ROUND TABLE WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED THERE AND STOPPED IN SOME ROOMS TO SPEAK WITH RESIDENTS. THE EXPERTS ARE STILL ANALYZING WHAT EXACTLY THIS LATEST GOP HEALTH CARE PLAN WOULD DO, BUT IT DEFINITELY LETS INSURERS CHARGE OLDER PEOPLE UP TO FIVE TIMES MORE THAN YOUNGER PEOPLE. IT ALSO GRADUALLY CUTS MEDICAID, AND BLUMENTHAL SAYS TWO THIRDS OF ALL NURSING HOME RESIDENTS RECEIVE MEDICAID SUBSIDIES OF SOME KIND. BLUMENTHAL SAYS HE’LL TAKE WHAT HE LEARNS TODAY AND USE IT TO TRY TO TALK REPUBLICANS OUT OF SOME OF THESE CUTS. “I’M CONVINCED THAT IF MY COLLEAGUES SEE AND HEAR THIS PICTURE – THESE VOICES AND FACES – THEY WILL BE OPPOSED TO THIS BILL.” RIGHT NOW, A COUPLE OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE AGAINST THE PLAN BECAUSE IT GOES TOO FAR, A COUPLE MORE BECAUSE IT DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH IN GUTTING OBAMACARE. IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK OUT, IN ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF, BLUMENTHAL AND SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY ARE SCHEDULED TO BE IN NEW HAVEN CITY HALL TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE CONCERNS. THAT’S AT 1:30 IN THE ALDERMANIC CHAMBERS.THEN THEY WILL BE IN BRIDGEPORT AT THE SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER ON




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