In the weeks since the House approved a politically toxic Obamacare repeal that, according to the CBO, would deprive 23 million people of their health care coverage and impose $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid, Senate Republicans have hosted twice- or thrice-weekly health care policy meetings to hammer out their own Obamacare repeal bill.
McConnell told his members that "failure is not an option", and later, he informed President Trump at a White House meeting that the Senate would likely vote on health care before the July 4 recess. The Senate plan gives more money directly to higher ed and also fully funds TOPS.
"What we've been told so far, states would have the ability, a lot more power than they do under Obamacare, to shape their future, and I think we've gotta return the power to the states", the Louisiana senator said, potentially referring to state waivers for certain Obamacare regulations or per-capita cuts to Medicaid spending.
Democrats oppose repeal of the ACA and instead want changes to improve the current system. Bill Cassidy, R-La. "That's the first thing we have to do with those with pre-existing (conditions) and that's a big thing - a first thing and a big thing".
Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a member of the Republican leadership team, said senators are discussing a rollback of Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, but not as abruptly as the House bill, H.R. 1628.
We are fortunate to live in a state with intelligent, caring representatives in the House and Senate, but they still need to hear our voices.
Signs of intraparty strain emerged Tuesday after Sen. "It was a very liberal bill". Anthem is just one of a handful of major insurers that have already announced they were pulling out of Obamacare marketplaces, and Portman warned that the flight of insurers was a problem "not just in OH but across the country".
Paul, who like Graham ran for president in 2016, quickly responded.
The proposal, obtained by The Associated Press, would remove dollars the Senate proposed to spend on health services, public colleges, state prisons, state police and the child welfare agency in the 2017-18 budget year. Mike Rounds (R-SD) remains optimistic.
One-third of counties nationwide are down to just one insurer, Price said, adding that in Tennessee three-quarters of the counties have just one insurer and little choice. "I'm going to do everything I can to protect Ohio's interests and ensure that our health care system works better for all Ohioans", Sen.
That's created a series of tough choices, and resulted in difficulty in drafting legislation that's acceptable to Republican senators from states with diverse needs. Those that did expand their Medicaid population don't want to see their expansion population lose coverage, and those that did not expand, believe they are entitled to an additional financial benefit so they are not at a disadvantage as compared to the expansion states.
But in the coverage of the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, cable news networks have largely fixated on the drama of trying to get the Republican's bill through Congress: the vote whipping, the partisan infighting, and Trump's efforts to make a "deal" with the more conservative members of his party.
"If Congress doesn't act to save Americans from this Democrat-inflicted catastrophe, next year is only going to be worse", President Trump said before a meeting with Mr. McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.
Even for someone right in the thick of the action, the details of the Senate's rewrite of the GOP healthcare bill seems like a mystery.
In theory, cable news should be the flawless venue for explaining a complicated issue like health care policy.