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Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

21 June 2017

Senate Republicans are in agreement that their bill will be significantly different from what the House passed earlier this year, but that is where consensus ends.

The House passed its version of the bill in May, but many GOP senators said that legislation could not be passed in the upper legislative chamber. On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee chair announced that the Senate parliamentarian would allow the bill to be considered under reconciliation, a process that would avoid a Democratic filibuster.

Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday presented their caucus with a broad outline of a healthcare plan as the GOP - against the odds - looks to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill this summer.

McConnell is working with hardly any margin for error. "I don't really have anything new to tell you", said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that had been bashed by conservatives as "Obamacare-lite".

Another key Republican also expressed optimism. "I'm going to do everything I can to protect Ohio's interests and ensure that our health care system works better for all Ohioans", Sen.

The Trump administration's decision to hold cost-sharing payments "hostage as a political tool" is to blame for insurance companies deciding not to offer coverage in certain areas, Schumer said.

Senators say they also face pressure to move forward as several insurers have pulled out of the ACA marketplaces for next year - most recently in OH, where Anthem's decision to withdraw from the Obamacare exchange likely leaves 20 counties without an insurance provider selling plans for 2018. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) if there would be a hearing on the bill.

"There should be", Republican Sen. "My personal view is we've got til now to the Fourth of July to decide whether the votes are there or not", said Sen.

"The House and Senate budgets shortchange our state at a time when we don't have to", Cooper said during a news conference. "I think there's obviously more to be done, but the phaseout is further down the road and states have a chance to adapt", he said.

The Republican Senate plan also includes some of its controversial features, such as a phase out of Medicaid expansion under the ACA. At the meeting they reviewed legislative options with the goal of translating those into bill language that could be evaluated in the near future by the Congressional Budget Office.

The Senate bill is looking at basing tax credits not just on age, as the AHCA does, but also on factors such as income and locale. "Of course, it's not everything I want, but that's life".

Under current matching rules, Nevada would pay $113 million a year to cover those who received Medicaid under the expansion in 2021. "Senator Grassley was the ranking member". We're not even gonna have a hearing, on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said as he headed into a lunch meeting with the rest of the Republican conference, saying "differences on Medicaid" were making it hard to impossible for GOP members to come together on a bill.

Even if Paul is not lost yet, other conservatives like Sens.

As Senate Intelligence Committee members met with Comey in a classified setting, the House began debate on the Financial Choice Act - a bill that would kill numerous Wall Street regulations created following the 2008 financial crisis.

- Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday chided lawmakers for their proposed budgets, saying they were socking too much away in reserve or giving too much to businesses or wealthy individuals through tax breaks and not investing enough in education and in rural areas to move North Carolina forward.

"Democrats are trying to blame the failures of Obamacare on anything but the broken health care law itself". "It's been in the air for seven years, and it's time to come in for a landing". But only a handful of dissident Republicans are needed to gum up the negotiations.

"I hope it could ride together" with long-term changes to health-care system, but Congress may need to make short-term revisions quickly to reassure the markets, Thune said. But there is great appetite as soon as they abandon it. Lawmakers said preliminary discussions with the CBO have already begun.

The other sticking point?

Meantime, House and Senate intelligence committees issued a slew of subpoenas last week, a sign their investigations are hitting their stride. Or the two chambers could set up a conference committee and try to resolve their differences that way.

Rep. J.R. Hoell of Dunbarton said in a written statement Wednesday that this decision sends the message that House leadership is "only interested in more of the same".

Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation