“Of course, it’s not everything I want, but that’s life”.
The House ultimately passed the bill along party lines Thursday afternoon, sending it to the Senate.
The Senate has shown no interest in taking up the House bill, and despite promises that the chamber will vote on its own reform bill by the end of June, there has been no substantive proposal put forward.
For example, pregnant women in states that waive the essential health benefits could pay more than $1,000 per month for maternity care coverage, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the House bill.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., a key moderate in the GOP’s health debate, said that he was more optimistic about the Senate plan than he had been.
Republican senators from states that expanded Medicaid, including Dean Heller of Nevada, are working with colleagues to modify Medicaid changes as they write a Senate bill.
That legislative vision appeared to sway some on-the-fence members who could prove critical to cobbling together 50 GOP votes. Sen.
Now, some Republicans are calling for a short-term solution to stabilize the markets. And the proposal’s status in the Senate remains in limbo, given that Republican senators can not agree on what a Republican health-care plan should actually do.
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. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told Bloomberg senators are discussing a softer rollback of Medicaid expansion that extends beyond 2020. The only requirement is that the Senate save $133 billion, the same amount saved in the House bill.
“The Senate tax packet blows a hole in the budget”, he said. Lawmakers who doubt the GOP’s chances on health care have eyed that window as a possibility to pass a tax cut instead. “I’m waiting for the small print at this point”, Heller said.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., said the Senate is “making progress”, and dismissed the notion that the body has a deadline to get a new health bill done. Cassidy had said the Senate’s bill must pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test” to ensure families can afford health care for children with pre-existing health conditions.
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.
“We’re going to have a vote one way or the other”, he said.
The new border wall itself remains unbuilt, with Senate Democrats opposed to funding it, so the prospect that it will ever be lined with solar panels may be farfetched.
Thune has been looking at ways to adjust the tax credits in the House bill to offer more assistance to elderly and lower-income Americans. Though it does eliminate unpopular mandates, reduce the deficit and result in lower premiums for some consumers over time, it also kicks 23 million people off the insurance rolls over a decade.
But it’s far from certain that Republicans will manage to get their Obamacare repeal bill through the Senate.
The Trump administration’s decision to hold cost-sharing payments “hostage as a political tool” is to blame for insurance companies deciding not to offer coverage in certain areas, Schumer said.
Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic healthcare law since it was enacted in 2010.Whatever the White House’s efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice.