Trump expects Senate health care bill in summer
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 10:50
Numerous Republican conference aides told FOX Business that they do not believe the proposal will be able to make it to the Senate floor, with one source saying "this blue print won't be able to become a bill".
"The policy options have been narrowed".
"What's clear is we have to act", McConnell said. John Kennedy (R-LA).
None of the options is a silver bullet, and each effort to appeal to one group of Republicans risks triggering new opposition from another.
Cassidy would be a huge get for Republicans, who can only lose two of 52 votes to pass a bill under the Senate's budget reconciliation process.
"We still have a ways to go", said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona on Tuesday morning of leaders' aggressive timeline.
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Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. After observing a slideshow prepared by leadership, Sen.
Asked Tuesday whether he would do that, McConnell said coyly, "We'll let you know when we're going to go to the floor".
"It's very cognizant of preexisting conditions".
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Not all Republicans are on the same page, however.
Graham separately told reporters on Tuesday that the healthcare bill is "more likely to fail than not". Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).
Republicans in the Senate have predicted in recent days and weeks that a bill would be ready for a vote sometime this summer before the August recess.
Senator Bill Cassidy said the plan offered more protections than the House bill for people who already have pre-existing illnesses when they apply for insurance coverage - a major point of contention."I think personally they are moving in the right direction", he said.The House healthcare bill could result in 23 million people losing insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Senate GOP leaders plan to vote as soon as this month on major health care legislation even though they remain uncertain, for now, whether their still-unwritten bill will pass, lawmakers said Monday.
Even if a bill does make it through the Senate, that doesn't bring Congress any closer to successfully completing the "repeal and replace" process that it undertook just three months ago, and there's no guarantee it will succeed. "I'm very leery of a healthcare bill passing the Senate that can get through the House". Susan Collins of ME, have explicitly said that they would like the GOP to pursue a comprehensive and bipartisan health care bill.
Toomey argues that using the cost of medical care would lead to an unsustainable Medicaid program.
However, both sides now need each other perhaps more than ever. If this work isn't done before Congress returns from its recess after Labor Day then Congress will face a crunch time in September as it races to get some kind of funding bill put together prior to midnight on September 30th. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who expects Republicans will need to provide a stopgap measure to stabilize insurance markets while they continue working on a broader overhaul.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday accused Trump of holding the subsidies "hostage".
Senator Ron Wyden of OR, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, on Tuesday called the House bill "Robin Hood in reverse" and said it "moves America back to yesteryear, when health care was for the healthy and the wealthy". Were I a betting man, I'd be betting that we'll get to the beginning of August when the recess begins with no health care reform bill, no tax reform bill, a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that is so incomplete that people will likely be talking about the risk of a government shutdown, and a White House largely paralyzed by the Russian Federation investigation and a President with a Twitter habit that continually undercuts whatever agenda his aides are trying to push on a given day.