January 16, 2018

Koch rep says bill insufficiently conservative

26 June 2017, 12:19 | Marion Schneider

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"This Senate bill needs to get better. When people want to get to "yes" you can have good faith negotiation and get them there".

Some Republican senators have raised concern about cuts to Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to millions of poor and middle-income Americans.

At an event with conservative donors in Colorado Springs over the weekend, attended by many high profile figures in USA politics, Koch aides said that the Senate bill does not do enough to dismantle Obamacare, which has provided health insurance coverage to approximately 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010.

The comments Saturday come on the first day of a three-day private Koch donor retreat at a luxury resort in the Rocky Mountains. The price for admission for most was a pledge to give at least $100,000 this year to the Kochs' broad policy and political network. [Oh. I thought "Russia" was trying to influence U.S. elections?] Pence has longstanding ties to the Koch network [which is why the media is working 24/7 to impeach Trump], while Charles Koch has been openly critical of the vice president's boss since the early days of the Republican primary campaign.

David Koch and his brother have refused to support Trump, but that message hasn't always translated to their supporters who continue to stump for Trump. Mike Lee of Utah and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

"If we don't get health care, none of us are coming back", he said in a brief interview. The leadership of the Koch brothers' [globalist sociopaths'] network is brushing off its occasionally chilly attitude toward President Donald Trump, trying to nudge the administration in its direction as the group's annual summit began Saturday just after Charles Koch met with Vice President Mike Pence.

"At the end of the day, this bill is not going to fix healthcare", said James Davis, a spokesman for the network during an afternoon session with reporters.

The network's wishes are backed by a massive political budget that will be used to take on Republican lawmakers, if necessary, Phillips said. But public opinion has done little to end this financial influence over government, and the Koch brothers' organization is prepared to spend upwards of $400 million leading up to the midterm elections in 2018.

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"We don't think top-down solutions work for these problems", Feinberg said.

On Friday, Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the Senate health care proposal.

The new healthcare bill was quietly written by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) and a small number of Senate Republicans, and was criticized by both parties for its current provisions and the secretive drafting process. Senate Republican leadership cannot afford to lose more than two "yes" votes from the Republican majority, putting majority leader Mitch McConnell in a tough spot.

"I said, 'No I'm not going to because we're closing the checkbook until you get some things done, '" Deason said, noting he's encouraged almost two dozen major Texas donors to follow his lead. There were also at least 18 elected officials on hand.

The Koch network is working with conservative allies behind the scenes to make changes to the Senate health-care bill that was unveiled this week, declining to endorse the measure as it stands. Pence, a longtime Koch ally, was in Colorado Springs to address a gathering of religious conservatives.

The unlikely partnership, announced on Saturday, aims to raise $21 million over the next three years to fund anti-poverty programs in Dallas.

He also defended the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, often demonized by Democrats, as someone simply "trying to make the world a better place".

"I'm happy where I am and who I'm with because we share a lot of the same values and goals", Sanders said when asked if he'd be willing to partner with organizations on the left.

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