Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Other options being considered would change the tax credits the House bill offers to help people purchase private health insurance. "One of the most encouraging aspects of these discussions is they have not been litigated in the press", he told reporters Tuesday.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, listen to President Donald Trump, left, speak during Trump's meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Other senators declined, however, to explicitly address the waivers, as the Senate bill is being written.

Republicans have 52 members in the Senate and could lose only two in order to pass the bill under budget reconcilation rules that block Democrats from filibustering tax and health care legislation.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is the centerpiece of Trump's legislative agenda, but congressional Republicans have been unable to coalesce around a suitable plan to do so.

Maybe you're good with socking it to the poor, despite the immorality of it, but cuts are also proposed for the National Institute of Health, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Center for Disease Control, etc. But it's still far from a guarantee that they will have the votes they need.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are believed to have significant objections to the bill, including the plan to rollback Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid eligibility.

It was also noteworthy that Sen.

Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week initiated an investigation of the 340B drug discount program, questioning whether the federal agency responsible for the program is effectively overseeing it.

And Sen. Richard Burr told a local North Carolina news station last week that he didn't expect a healthcare deal to get done in 2017 and was focusing on actions created to stabilize the individual insurance market instead. Lindsey Graham of SC, who prefers that the law collapse and force a bipartisan solution.

"We need to immediately legalize nationwide buying groups to allow people to pool together to get cheaper insurance and better terms", Paul wrote.

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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price's speech came as Trump declared from Washington that he's sure the Senate will get a health care bill "across the finish line" this summer.

As the backlog of Republican priorities piles up - tax reform, infrastructure, debt ceiling and government funding bills - Republicans are anxious about moving on.

The Senate bill is also expected to take a slower approach to rolling back the Medicaid expansion. Bill Cassidy, are among the handful of Republicans who have informally reached out to Democrats in recent weeks to discuss health care.

But Paul's spokesman added that the senator is "keeping an open mind" on the Senate healthcare legislation and "remains optimistic the bill can be improved in the days ahead".

One of the sticking points is Medicaid expansion.

Even then, the lines are not always clear.

"Without true competition and choice in the market, we will never be able to lower health care costs for families and small businesses", Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) after a meeting of the party's 13-member healthcare working group.

There is still no text of the Senate bill.

They narrowed down legislative options at a meeting Tuesday attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

"I can't really comment on any of that because I don't have any direct knowledge", Tillerson told a news conference in Wellington, when asked how anxious he was that the USA political crisis could take down the Trump administration.

"What we've been told so far, states would have the ability, a lot more power than they do under Obamacare, to shape their future, and I think we've gotta return the power to the states", Cassidy said, seemingly referring to a proposal to set per-capita limits on Medicaid, which would push states to put tougher restrictions on who's eligible for that program.

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