Lawmakers See Progress on Health Care Bill but Details Remain Scarce

GOP Senators Expect Health Care Vote Soon — Even if They Can't Get to 51

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They can lose only two votes and still get a bill out of the Senate, assuming united Democratic opposition.

Senate Republicans are getting closer to introducing their plan to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, though he gave no details and some members said they're not expecting action on a bill anytime soon.

Heller said if the changes to Medicaid in the Senate bill are not sufficient for Republican governors, "I'm going to have a very hard time voting for them".

The House GOP offered Tuesday night to spend $50 million more than the House originally proposed, removing dollars the Senate proposed to spend on health services, public colleges, state prisons, state police and the child welfare agency in the 2017-18 budget year.

Senators say they also face pressure to move forward as several insurers have pulled out of the ACA marketplaces for next year - most recently in OH, where Anthem's decision to withdraw from the Obamacare exchange likely leaves 20 counties without an insurance provider selling plans for 2018.

The bill passed on its second attempt in the House.

"It's rejected", said Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat.

The House plan would calculate funding for Medicaid year to year based off what is known as the Consumer Price Index based off the cost of medical care, a measurement that is more generous over time than the standard Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

McCaskill began her commentary by asking Senator Orrin Hatch, the chair, if there would be a hearing held on the current version of the healthcare bill.

The House ultimately passed the bill along party lines Thursday afternoon, sending it to the Senate.

"We're getting closer to having a proposal that we'll be bringing up in the near future", McConnell of Kentucky told reporters after a closed-door Senate GOP luncheon. And Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri echoed that the discussions are now at the "granular" level.

"Of course, it's not everything I want", Cassidy said of the general talks, "but that's life". Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) hopes for a slower rollback of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

At the White House, GOP congressional leaders and the president discussed their agenda, "to both get health care moved ultimately to the president's desk and then to focus on cutting taxes and get the economy growing", said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. If they keep the protection, Senate Republicans risk losing conservative members in their own ranks.

Cassidy also said "states would have the opportunity of more aggressive waiver system in which they could adapt to their unique circumstance".

Price said Obama's ACA program is unsustainable, with rising premiums that Americans and Tennesseans can not afford on the health care exchanges. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen.

With the summer recess fast approaching, some Senate Republicans are sounding increasingly skeptical that they can deliver on their years-long campaign promise to overhaul Obamacare this year.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) insisted he and the rest of a working group of a dozen or so Republicans are "making steady progress" on resolving issues in the bill, but refused to offer a timeline, and only offered a shrug when The News asked him if a Fourth of July vote was possible, as some Republicans have suggested.

"Democrats are trying to blame the failures of Obamacare on anything but the broken health care law itself". Or the House or Senate get tax reform week.

"Even as Gov. Cooper claims he wants to work in good faith on budget negotiations, he is again stubbornly refusing to consider any ideas outside of his own backward-looking proposal that delivers zero tax cuts to North Carolina families and would return us to the days of out-of-control spending, budget shortfalls and teacher furloughs", Senate leader Phil Berger's spokeswoman Shelly Carver said in a statement.

Republican aides say privately they are working within the general framework of the House bill, but considering significant changes.

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