Senate Republicans Edge Closer to a Deal on Health Care

Angie Massey
June 21, 2017

The original House spending plan - backed by Republicans in the chamber, but opposed by almost all Democrats - sought to leave $206 million unspent in the financial year that begins July 1, even though the state income forecast predicts the dollars will be available. Well, you couldn't have a more partisan exercise than what you're engaged in right now.

Typically, the full house would vote on whether to enter budget negotiations with the senate.

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday, "I'm sure the Senate will follow through and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great health care for Americans". We don't even know.

A defeat could be embarrassing to Republicans, who have long pushed the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

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. But Republican lawmakers remain divided on healthcare after the House of Representatives passed a bill to replace Obamacare in May.

That tension has played out in the media over the past several days.

Democrats have pointed to that strategy as irrefutable proof that Republicans have no interest in reaching across the aisle on health care. McConnell told reporters, "We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor".

GOP senators shuffling in and out of closed door meetings have mostly been tight-lipped about what deals are being hashed out, and Tuesday was no exception.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who is the only Republican up for re-election in 2018 in a state that Trump lost, also said that he's not yet willing to support the plan. Ron Wyden, referring to his Republican colleagues from Texas and ME, respectively.

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New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan speaks during the Senate Democrats' rally against Medicaid cuts in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. "Republicans are dead-set on getting to 50 votes so they can jam some version of Trumpcare through the Senate", Sen. "It's time for our friends on the other side of the aisle to get serious about moving beyond the problems of Obamacare".

"There is a concerted effort and will be a concerted effort to stabilize the market", said Sen.

Another major insurer, Anthem, said Tuesday it is pulling out of Ohio's exchange, leaving 20 of Ohio's 88 counties without an option next year.

While in Nashville, Price spoke to health care professionals, executives and public officials near the start of a two-day conference at Vanderbilt University's First Amendment Center. With only so many hours to work each week, the controversies have forced Republicans to spend time responding to Trump stories and protecting the party, leaving them largely unable to move legislation through a contentious Congress.

Democrats immediately pounced on the announcement. "It's got to stop". For example, it's expected the Senate legislation would set a limit on future federal spending for Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for low-income people.

The House GOP bill would permit states to opt out of both provisions, sparking harsh criticism that Republicans are backtracking on their promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions. The hearing before the Senate intelligence committee could be the most watched moment of the year in Washington, largely thwarting any momentum Republicans had hoped for on tax reform or infrastructure spending. "They can try to shift the blame, but the American people won't fall for it", McConnell said.

That option would present numerous challenges for legislators, because Republicans would be severely limited in their tax-cut plans because of the rules for passing legislation via the reconciliation process, which is how budget bills make their way through Congress.

"The Affordable Care Act has failed to meet the promises that were made to OH families". It's one of the most popular aspects of Obamacare.

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