Pre-existing conditions could split Senate GOP

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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 June 5.

Speaking at the White House Tuesday to Republican House and Senate leaders, Trump is lauding the "very, very long and hard negotiation" to get his health care bill through the House. The House bill would cause 23 million people to lose insurance over a decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an outcome that spooked senators.

Ultimately, Senate Republicans have few good political choices ahead of them. After Hatch sputtered that Democrats were invited to participate regardless of whether a hearing was held, McCaskill retorted by recounting the months-long process of public hearings and amendments that the Affordable Care Act went through.

Reports this week give some reason for optimism that Senate Republicans have begun getting closer to a deal on an ObamaCare repeal package that can pass under reconciliation.

President Donald Trump, before meeting with House and Senate Republican leaders at the White House, said insurance carriers were fleeing the public exchanges created under the ACA.

In an interesting twist, the Senate parliamentarian is still in the process of reviewing the House-passed bill to make sure it does not violate Senate rules.

As the backlog of Republican priorities piles up - tax reform, infrastructure, debt ceiling and government funding bills - Republicans are anxious about moving on.

Graham said Paul is "irretrievably gone", meaning GOP leaders can only afford one more defection and still pass legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen.

HouseConfProposal.pdf Earlier in the session, the House passed what it calls a "standstill" budget that spends just over 98 percent of what the state Revenue Estimating Conference predicts the state will take in.

Toomey argues that using the cost of medical care would lead to an unsustainable Medicaid program.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks to Reuters during an interview in Washington U.S
Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks to Reuters during an interview in Washington U.S

"If the issues that are a concern to us are addressed, then I could see Democrats voting for it", Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff said.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, one of the co-authors of the forthcoming bill, was a bit more candid about the mood of Republicans. Many states also rely on Medicaid for treatment in the opioid crisis.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats - a party in search of an agenda Sanders concerned Trump tried to "derail" Russian Federation probe Senate GOP paves way for ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (I-Vt.), however, countered that the Senate parliamentarian had only made a decision about a provision in the House bill, not the entire legislation. However, more moderate senators are fighting to preserve those protections.

House GOP leaders say the Senate version of the budget depends on unreliable financing and would lead to midyear cuts.

But as Democrats and Republicans retreat further into their respective corners, the serious issues with the individual markets are met with continued partisan blame.

During their lunch Tuesday, Republicans were presented with a PowerPoint and a menu of options to overhaul Obamacare.

"One of the most encouraging aspects of these discussions is they have not been litigated in the press", he said.

A growing number of insurers are leaving Obamacare markets or proposing steep premium increases next year, partly because of the law's weaknesses but also now because the Trump administration refuses to commit to steps to keep them operating, such as enforcing a penalty on people who don't get insurance and providing aid to low-income consumers.

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

The Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate each get to appoint three members to conference committees to negotiate bills on which the two chambers can not reach an agreement.

Still, Graham said Tuesday the GOP should at least make a formality of the health care effort: "Write a bill".

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