Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

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.

President Donald Trump is meeting congressional leaders on Tuesday to push for efforts to overhaul the USA healthcare and tax systems, as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign weigh on his administration. Lindsey Graham's claim that the Senate Obamacare repeal bill's chances of passing were fading and assigning partial blame on Sen.

"If Congress doesn't act to save Americans from this Democrat-inflicted catastrophe, next year is only going to be worse", President Trump said before a meeting with Mr. McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

On Medicaid, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of leadership, said the legislation would still end the higher federal funding for ObamaCare's expansion of Medicaid, but on a slower phase-out than in the House, moving the end date past 2020.

"The leader would like to do this soon", Senator Orrin Hatch told reporters.

"You have to get 50 people - that means they have to get me and a lot of people who are concerned about Medicaid", said Senator Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, a state that depends heavily on the program. Unlike the House bill's waiver scheme, the Senate approach being looked at would not allow states to permit insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more based on their health status. Rand Paul of Kentucky was "irretrievably gone" because he can't support the tax credits, so the 52-seat majority is starting at 51 votes.

His comments came after the leaders met with President Trump at the White House to discuss health care reform. While home, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said that it was "unlikely that we'll get a health-care deal" this year. The bill has all but stalled in the Senate. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican. Over on the Senate side, the upper chamber is still dealing with Executive Branch appointments that the Trump Administration has only slowly been churning out, including a number of top Ambassadorial appointments that remain as unfilled as they were when I wrote about the issue in May.

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Just downstairs from our interview in the Capitol, GOP Senators were huddled behind closed doors, still trying to figure out how to cobble together a bill - a process likened by one Republican to solving a Rubik's cube.

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

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), an HFC member who thought the revised version of the health care bill wasn't conservative enough to earn his vote, agreed.

Asked what brought him around to supporting the plan, Cassidy said "it is very cognizant of pre-existing conditions, which is a good thing".

"What's clear is we have to act", McConnell said. Trump wants faster action from his fellow Republicans in Congress to advance his legislative agenda, pressing lawmakers to finish the job of dismantling the Obamacare healthcare law and move on quickly to another of his priorites: tax cuts.

Trump's flagging approval rating - 37% in the most recent Gallup poll - is at or near historic lows for this early in his presidency, a fact that has not helped the issue. Perhaps at the top of the list of other priorities lies the budget for the Fiscal Year that begins in October, which will be taking up the time of committees in both Houses for much of the time between now and the summer recess. "So the President's going to have to lead". Republicans haven't drafted legislative language on the thorniest issues, and there's no consensus on how to proceed on some major sticking points in the bill.

Cassidy said the protections for people with pre-existing conditions were a big factor for him, as well as the slower rollback of the Medicaid expansion, which has helped states like his insure more people nearly entirely on the federal government's dime.

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