Senate Sets Timeline to Take up Repeal and Replace Legislation on ACA

  • Senate Sets Timeline to Take up Repeal and Replace Legislation on ACA

Senate Sets Timeline to Take up Repeal and Replace Legislation on ACA

The Senate bill might keep the expansion in place beyond that date, said Republican Senator John Barrasso. The goal is to find a sweet spot of at least 50 votes in a sharply divided group of 52 Republican senators, many of whom are from states where coverage levels increased under President Barack Obama's signature health-care law. Vice President Mike Pence said they were near reaching a consensus on a bill that would be scored by the Congressional Budget Office.

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) agreed with that but is anxious that Senate leaders could bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote without the necessary number of votes to pass it, which was discussed on Tuesday afternoon on the Senate side.

Pointing to previous comments that GOP senators might retain 80 percent of the elements of the already-passed House plan, the group argued that still puts 509,600 Tennesseans at risk of losing health care coverage.

Yet political obstacles remain.

He appeared to make some progress on Tuesday.

She concluded by urging the Republicans to give her an opportunity to offer amendments to the bill. James E. Risch, Idaho Republican, told reporters. Anthem is just one of a handful of major insurers that have already announced they were pulling out of Obamacare marketplaces, and Portman warned that the flight of insurers was a problem "not just in OH but across the country". "It's a heavy lift". A month ago, he pledged that he could deliver eight to ten Democrats on an ObamaCare "fix" rather than a repeal.

"Doing nothing is not an option", McConnell said.

The Senate leader's calculus is simple: He wants to move past health care and onto other issues, like a tax overhaul, where Republicans think they'll be more comfortable.

Anthem sells individual policies in 13 other states, so its withdrawal could be an ominous bellwether for the markets heading into 2018.

Short said that the White House believes Trump "is often very effective in driving our message in Congress" despite the fact he does "not have a conventional of style".

He specifically incentivized Republican intransigence because he ran as someone who could heal Washington and bring people together.

They're also trying to rein in the 2010 law's vast expansion of Medicaid without inflicting too much pain. How and whether to unwind states' Medicaid expansion presents the biggest hurdle, as a number of Republican senators in states that expanded coverage are deeply opposed to throwing people off healthcare.

"Obviously it does something for pre-existing conditions, that's incredibly important to the American people", he said.

Speaking on background, an aide to a conservative senator said their office is "very disappointed" in the healthcare proposal as it now stands and that its structure "absolutely" jeopardizes support on the right. Yet those aspects can be fixed without harming the integrity of the whole bill.

"We're having no help, it's only obstruction from the Democrats", Trump said.

"They were really broad", Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said.

McCaskill stood up and told Senate Republicans what much of the nation feels: that we deserve more from our elected leaders.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, defended the process, saying it fostered comity among Republicans. It's one of the most popular aspects of Obamacare. Some of their members are eager to vote soon, acknowledging that public pressure against the bill is only likely to grow as the summer wears on.

The GOP's attempt to ram through Obamacare repeal with no public hearings and without even letting Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee see it is also a testament to how little they value accountability and transparency on even the most major issues, and how afraid they are of public backlash. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told Politico, describing the need to move quickly toward a vote. However, within the current tax structure and companies' use of offshore subsidiaries, cash often times get trapped overseas.