Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

As with the plan to pass health care reform via a modification to the 2017 budget, this would allow Senate Republicans to pass it with just a bare majority of votes, eliminating the possibility of a Democratic filibuster. They can lose only two votes and still get a bill out of the Senate, assuming united Democratic opposition.

The Senate may vote on health care legislation by July 4, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon at a White House meeting with congressional leaders.

"It's too low. They're talking about $154 million in reductions, some things that I think we were very concerned about", said Senate President John Alario, a Westwego Republican.

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.

"Dozens of Republican amendments were offered and accepted in that hearing process and when you say you're inviting us - and I heard you Mr. Secretary [Tom Price] that you want our support - for what?" Vice President Mike Pence said they were near reaching a consensus on a bill that would be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Republicans are not only divided on policy over the Obamacare repeal - they're also fighting internally about how quickly they want to get the bill done, with many who have concerns with the bill urging leaders to slow down.

The bill passed on its second attempt in the House.

Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat, said senators have notified House leaders that they won't accept it.

And now, Democrats are taunting them from across the political aisle: Come work with us. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who had been outspoken in his opposition to the House-passed bill, signaled that he was comfortable with the broad strokes of the Senate legislation, though he warned that he hadn't seen the final text. As in the House bill, the Senate is considering a per-person spending limit, known as a per-capita cap. The House bill includes $664 billion in tax cuts over a decade, while also cutting Medicaid and making other reductions in insurance subsidies for low-income and sick people.

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Fortunately, he believes the time issue can be solved because if they add more legislation days, they can "make more time". Senate Republican Marco Rubio said he hoped there would be "plenty of time for debate and analysis" on such a crucial bill.

"Of course, it's not everything I want", Cassidy said of the general talks, "but that's life". And Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri echoed that the discussions are now at the "granular" level.

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. 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.

President Trump may have to wait longer than he prefers to repeal Obamacare.

Moderates like Ohio Republican Rob Portman have advocated to phase out Medicaid more gradually than the House's Obamacare repeal bill did, while conservatives like Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey have argued that the Senate bill should restructure the growth rate for Medicaid funding so it is less generous than the House bill.

Asked how realistic it is to expect Republicans to work with Democrats on health care, the aide simply said: "It becomes more realistic the more Republicans continue to flail".

Tax Reform: Of the major issues the GOP has promised to address in the near term, tax reform is probably both the closest to the heart of both McConnell and Ryan and the farthest from any sort of resolution.

"We're going to take care of people with pre-existing conditions", he told reporters Wednesday, adding that the specific approach hasn't been finalized.

Faced with a Senate bill, the House would have several options: It could simply vote yes on the legislation.

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