The Budget Committee’s approval may not matter all that much, however, as Senate Republican leaders have said they will be writing their own health care bill, although they may borrow some ideas from the House plan, according to a report from The Hill.
The party is fractured as the White House pushes for swift action and the GOP-led House grows increasingly restless with the Senate’s lack of clear progress on healthcare.
The main Senate group working on crafting a revised version of the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a task force of 13 men backed by Senate leaders.
The Senate requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation but Republican Mike Enzi, head of the Senate Budget Committee, said the health bill that passed the House qualifies for an expedited process that would require only 51 votes.
And after the GOP meeting Tuesday, Graham sounded more optimistic, calling the options discussed “promising proposals”. These policy items included how to reduce premiums and how to approach Medicaid expansion, according to Politico. Sen.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who represents a state that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, said as she walked into McConnell’s office that she would support a slower phaseout of Medicaid expansion than was established under the health-care bill that passed the House early last month. But getting the support of at least 50 of the 52 Republicans in the senate remains a hard prospect.
Republicans have 52 members in the Senate and could lose only two in order to pass the bill under budget reconcilation rules that block Democrats from filibustering tax and health care legislation.
“They need to be willing to completely drop repeal”, the leadership aide said, describing the message from Democrats and Republicans as: “We’re ready to sit down and work with you as soon as you guys tell us you’re off repeal”.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a vote is possible by July 4. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) downplayed the possibility, but told reporters, “I’m talking about tax reform already”.
“I think they’re still having this conversation with the parliamentarian, but I think everybody – and I think wisely so – is sort of gaming out how we deal with all these various issues”, Sen. Trump praised the House for passing its own health care bill and encouraged the Senate to “follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer”. Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic law since it was enacted in 2010.
Senate GOP leaders say that the time has come to make decisions on the healthcare bill, but they are not setting a firm timeline.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, echoed those concerns, saying he doesn’t think the Senate will produce a “comprehensive” plan to repeal and replace Obamacare by the end of this year. “It is all being done with an eye to try to get it by with 50 votes and the vice president”. Conservatives like Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey want to shrink federal responsibility for the overall program even more that the House bill does by restructuring the growth rate for Medicaid funding. It allows the House and the Senate to pass a bill with just a simple majority of votes.
McCaskill is right. When Democrats had control of Congress, the health care debate over what became the Affordable Care Act was very different.
“We’re running out of time in terms of stabilizing the markets.you really need to fish or cut bait here on something short term to stabilize the markets”, he said. “That’s why we’re going to keep the pressure on and do everything we can to bring their closed-door, all-male negotiations out into the open so families know just how bad this legislation would be for their health and financial security”.
And even the White House is admitting that the ongoing investigation into whether Trump’s team colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election is hampering any efforts at legislative achievements.
The proposal, obtained by The Associated Press, would remove dollars the Senate proposed to spend on health services, colleges, prisons, state police and the child welfare agency.