Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both Tennessee Republicans, on the political spot, demanding they publicly state whether "they agree with this dark-of-night, one-sided, backroom repeal plan" and if they were "ready to rush a health care repeal bill through the Senate to appease President Trump".

Cornyn said he suspects the upper chamber will resolve the health care issue "in the next few weeks" and that lawmakers have "no choice" but to tackle it since, he said, "Obamacare is in meltdown".

Senate GOP leaders plan to vote as soon as this month on major health care legislation even though they remain uncertain, for now, whether their still-unwritten bill will pass, lawmakers said Monday.

"I have said from the beginning, it is hard to see Ted Cruz and Susan Collins getting to the same place on this issue", said Oregon Sen.

Tuesday was the first time that the full GOP conference was presented with ideas for a the health care bill, including a PowerPoint presentation, fashioned by key staff members during the recess. "What do we need changed from it, so we still got a ways to go". 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.

Some Democrats tried to poke holes in the House bill.

"It's become painfully clear that Obamacare is failing to live up to its promises", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. But it would still remove dollars the Senate proposed to spend on health services, colleges, prisons, state police, the child welfare agency and state worker pay raises in the 2017-18 budget year. The Senate bill would presumably save less with a longer phaseout, yet the program that gives low-income people health insurance would still suffer a painful decrease ― and largely in the name of giving tax cuts to the wealthy.

"We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor", Mr. McConnell said. Indeed, one of those senators, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, said on Monday that she won't commit to a bill that phases out the expansion, per Politico. "I want that opportunity". If they keep the protection, Senate Republicans risk losing conservative members in their own ranks.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on the other hand, is a no, according to his SC colleague, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Graham's wish to pivot from health care to tax reform echoes comments House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) made in March when the lower chamber was struggling to secure enough votes to pass a health bill.

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.

I am stunned that that's what Leader McConnell would call regular order, which he sanctimoniously said would be the order of the day when the Republicans took the Senate over. Both could balk at the more modest Medicaid cuts and the maintenance of certain taxes; they've already been cagey about where they now stand on the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said that Republicans are finding themselves in "no man's land" by trying to use a streamlined process to pass an Obamacare replacement without Democratic support.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) did say that he had discussed health care with Cassidy, who has pushed his own bill. Or the House or Senate get tax reform week.

"We're all cautiously optimistic - that's the best I can do for you", Sen.

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".

Democrats have pointed to that strategy as irrefutable proof that Republicans have no interest in reaching across the aisle on health care.

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