Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation
Owen Mccarthy | 21 June, 2017, 07:09

After a closed-door luncheon Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Republicans are closing in on an ACA repeal proposal, according to The Hill.

Senate Budget rules allow GOP leaders to scrap almost every element of the health legislation that passed the House.

About half a dozen Senate Republicans have expressed doubt that the chamber will act on a health bill in 2017.

President Donald Trump is meeting congressional leaders on Tuesday to push for efforts to overhaul the US healthcare and tax systems, as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign weigh on his administration. "We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and take to the floor".

Speaking with IJR Tuesday morning, a Republican tax lobbyist raised the possibility of Senate Republicans performing some parliamentary gymnastics to skip several steps on a tax bill to avoid dissent among lawmakers in the House. "Now's the time to start coming up with some tangible alternatives and building consensus", Cornyn said on Monday night.

"Without true competition and choice in the market, we will never be able to lower health care costs for families and small businesses", Sen. "The president is tied in a knot here in Washington, because he insists on going it alone", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. We don't even know. But that's the goal.

Just listening to the debate over the past few weeks, I think cobbling together a bill that could get 50 votes is going to be a challenge, but you never know.

"Many in Washington and the media look at the enormous health crises that we have facing Tennessee and the country today and they say, 'We can't afford to change our nation's health care policies at a time like this, '" said Price, a former Georgia congressman and physician, at the event sponsored by Healthy Tennessee and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. But key questions remain about how the GOP will phase out the Medicaid expansion, as well as how they will structure tax credits to help Americans purchase their health insurance under a Republican health care plan.

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"I still think in the end there is a huge reason why we have to get to 50 on this", said Thune, the third-ranking GOP leader. "There's been a lot of work done and we see where we go from here", said moderate Maine Republican Sen.

However, it's still not clear that the emerging Senate bill will have enough votes to pass. That means they can only lose two lawmakers, a tall order given significant disagreements that persist over Medicaid and other issues, including money for Planned Parenthood.

Some aides and outside observers have even floated the possibility that McConnell would bring the bill up for a vote even if he did not have all the votes, pointing to the need to move on to tax reform and the must-pass issues, like the debt ceiling and funding the government, on Congress' plate in the fall. The biggest item on the to-do list is in the Senate, where Republicans are still looking for a way to come to an agreement on a plan to make major changes in the Obama health law, as there were no hints that anything had changed during the recent 10 day break.

The House healthcare bill could result in 23 million people losing insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. But the other option is spending more money which is also hard for many to accept.

Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican who is part of a working group helping draft a measure, said there is discussion about creating a federal reinsurance pool for people with chronic illnesses.

Louisiana state senators refused to accept a pared-down version of a $28 billion-plus state operating budget that House Republican leaders proposed, as negotiations sputtered over a compromise on next year's spending plan with Thursday's end of the legislative session nearing.

"While we do have a press assistant opening in the Communications Department, Senator Graham has not applied and should not make public statements on behalf of Senator Rand Paul", Paul spokesman Sergio Gor said in a statement.

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