Health care on Senate Republicans' Agenda

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Sen. Lindsay Graham is among a host of GOP lawmakers who say efforts to pass a new health care bill by the end of this year are in trouble. John Thune (R-S.D.), a Finance Committee member.

"A little bird told me that something like that might be rolled out", Cornyn said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently lamented that the Russian Federation probe is "a challenge to Washington, D.C., the way we do business, a challenge to bipartisanship and a challenge to the effectiveness of this newly elected president". The initial Republican timetable on healthcare was for President Trump to sign a bill two months ago. "We're still a ways off".

No draft yet, but they think they can have something to send to the CBO by Friday of this week? Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said yesterday that he's concerned there won't be enough support in the GOP. After observing a slideshow prepared by leadership, Sen.

"Of course, it's not everything I want", Cassidy said of the general talks, "but that's life".

"It's very cognizant of preexisting conditions". Senate Republicans are mulling a version that would roll back the Medicaid expansion a bit more slowly. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). There is no Democratic support for the effort, and Republicans - who hold a narrow 52-48 majority - seek to use expedited procedures to pass a health plan with as few as 50 votes, plus a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence.

The House healthcare bill could result in 23 million people losing insurance, the Congressional Budget Office estimated, although Republicans have challenged that conclusion. Senior Republicans suggested the Senate might vote on a healthcare bill in July, before it breaks for the summer.


Paul is widely considered one of the most conservative members in the Senate and has long advocated for a full repeal of Obamacare along the lines of the bill vetoed by former President Obama.

McCarthy said a timeline on when the Senate's bill will be voted on was not announced in the meeting, but they are looking to pass the legislation sooner rather than later. But that was more than a month ago.

And although premiums may go down for some people, premiums and out-of-pocket expenses will increase significantly for many others, especially those who are older and those with pre-existing conditions.

Most members wouldn't get into details about what actually is on the table, but they were honest that there are still sticking points here that have to be resolved. At this point, Democrats are not expected to vote for any Senate bill that significantly modifies the ACA so Republicans must rely entirely on their own Conference. As in the House bill, the Senate is considering a per-person spending limit, known as a per-capita cap. One said he expected to hold a vote on a bill even if it lacked the support to pass, underscoring a growing desire to bring a hard debate to a close one way or the other. The president needs to define Republican priorities on health care and explain what they mean to families throughout the country. Republicans have also suggested that they want to begin negotiations with Democrats on a long-term spending bill before September 30 when the fiscal year ends. If this work isn't done before Congress returns from its recess after Labor Day then Congress will face a crunch time in September as it races to get some kind of funding bill put together prior to midnight on September 30th.

"The time is now", a Senate aide involved in discussions said. "That means another 20 counties in the state of OH will have no health care plan".

Starting in January, congressional Republicans had what they thought was a foolproof strategy to get their big-ticket items, health and tax reform, through slim majorities in the House and Senate.

Were I a betting man, I'd be betting that we'll get to the beginning of August when the recess begins with no health care reform bill, no tax reform bill, a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that is so incomplete that people will likely be talking about the risk of a government shutdown, and a White House largely paralyzed by the Russian Federation investigation and a President with a Twitter habit that continually undercuts whatever agenda his aides are trying to push on a given day.

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