Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan

Even if the bill passes the Senate, Graham said Tuesday that the prospects of finding agreement with the House is slim.

The Utah Republican, apparently unsure how to respond, had an aide whisper a talking point in his ear.

Behind the scenes, aides say a so-called "working group" is so far nowhere near reaching a consensus, as moderates and conservatives remain divided over whether to gut key Obamacare regulations and how to structure Medicaid. "I'm very encouraged, very encouraged".

"Of course, it's not everything I want", Cassidy said of the general talks, "but that's life".

Under current matching rules, Nevada would pay $113 million a year to cover those who received Medicaid under the expansion in 2021. "On the other hand, I like the coverage and I know that's been instrumental in expanding coverage". Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked the committee's chairman, Sen. Pepper singled out Ohio Republicans Rep. Josh Mandel (who is running for Senate) and Rep. Jim Renacci (running for governor) for failing "to show independence from an administration that regards Ohioans as props in their political theatre". The Associated Press on Tuesday quoted President Donald Trump saying that "now the Senate I'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer".

GOP senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have openly acknowledged that getting the votes to pass healthcare reform will be extremely hard.

He was non-committal about when that would happen. Republican leaders want resolution to the tumultuous Obamacare repeal debate by the Fourth of July recess, Republican sources said, to ensure that the whole year isn't consumed by health care and that the GOP leaves room to consider tax reform. The main sticking point is how to appease Senators on both sides of the expansion - states that expanded and those that did not - in order to cobble together 50 votes (with Vice President Pence delivering the 51st).

While former FBI Director James Comey's Thursday testimony blanketed the news and left a nation riveted (and drunk), congressional Republicans quietly moved forward some of their major agenda items, including trying to repeal Wall Street reform and moving the American Health Care Act forward. But in the Senate, where a minority group of members can effectively stall any legislation from advancing, buy-in from the broader Republican Conference will be necessary for the GOP to succeed in overhauling President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010 health care law. Cassidy explained that protections for pre-existing conditions and slower roll back of the Medicaid expansion were instrumental in his support for the bill.

While GOP Senators wait on the parliamentarian's decision they are busy working out alternative solutions if the decision doesn't go their way. Give me that opportunity, give me the opportunity to work with you. Roy Blunt (R-MO). "We're ready to land this airplane", said Sen.

And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he believed the Senate plan was a "good start", but he declined to discuss it further.

Uncertainty over the funding is making it hard for insurers to forecast their premiums for next year and some carriers are leaving the industry altogether.

Their plan is to do it so fast we can't stop them.

Price noted that the exit by insurer Humana from the Knoxville market reflects what is happening in one third of the counties nationwide, where there is only one insurer now offering coverage. "The last statewide insurer in the great state of OH is leaving", Trump said.

While the GOP is working behind the scenes to find the votes necessary to advance their own bill to overhaul the US health care system, achieving consensus on several complex policy matters has proved very hard.

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