Mr. McConnell said the Senate would defer consideration” of the bill, scheduled for this week, because Senator John McCain , Republican of Arizona, would be absent, recovering from surgery that he had on Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
The companies benefiting from this tax cut would likely include several that state Attorneys General have sued for their role in the opioid crisis And, the bill pays for the tax cut in part by deeply cutting Medicaid, which has a crucial role in combating the opioid crisis.
It’s a 1990s idea that fails to recognize the business a health plan is now in. Health plans these days don’t just cross a state line and set up their business like they did decades ago when the insurance license and an ability to pay claims was all a carrier needed to do business.
Among Democratic governors, opposition to the legislation was unanimous and fierce, and party leaders declared anew on Friday that Democrats would pummel any Republican who dared support the bill in the more than three dozen governors elections unfolding over the next year and a half.
People who promote the idea are targeting the many state benefit mandates that drive health insurance policy prices up. The idea is, after the federal Obamacare mandates are repealed, to allow the sale of cheaper policies from states with the fewest benefit mandates to be able to be sold in high mandate states–thereby encouraging the state with more mandates to curtail them.