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Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

07 June 2017, 10:49 | Silvia Roy

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

Paul Ryan

President Donald Trump is meeting congressional leaders on Tuesday to push for efforts to overhaul the US healthcare and tax systems, as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign weigh on his administration.

Moderates like Ohio Republican Rob Portman have advocated to phase out Medicaid more gradually than the House's Obamacare repeal bill did, while conservatives like Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey have argued that the Senate bill should restructure the growth rate for Medicaid funding so it is less generous than the House bill.

"The policy options have been narrowed". Maybe it's time for Republicans to show us their cards.

Republican leaders are pushing for a vote on a Senate health care bill by the end of June, an optimistic timeline that would allow the Senate to dispense with the issue one way or another. "Whether we'll be able to get consensus on the whole, we'll see", said Sen. Even after Republicans coalesce on the underlying policy - and they're not close to doing that - the legislation will need to undergo a thorough analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

"Of course, it's not everything I want", Cassidy said of the general talks, "but that's life". Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters he didn't "think we can put it together among ourselves".

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Since the release of President Donald Trump's one-page tax plan summary two months ago, White House officials have met with lawmakers as they plan to draft legislation. After observing a slideshow prepared by leadership, Sen. "It doesn't exist", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said mockingly on Friday.

"It's very cognizant of preexisting conditions".

"What I see is more and more concerns about Medicaid as a component of" the bill, said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are working on a strategy to pass their plan to repeal and replace the current health care law.

President Donald Trump met with Republican congressional leaders on Tuesday to rejuvenate efforts to overhaul the USA healthcare and tax systems as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign weigh on his administration.In a White House meeting, Trump welcomed indications by senior Republicans that the Senate might vote on a healthcare bill in July, before it breaks for the summer, after the House of Representatives passed its own version in May."Now the Senate I'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great healthcare and I'm looking forward to seeing it", Trump said.

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Cassidy added that under the Senate's plan, the phase-out date for the ACA's Medicaid expansion would occur at a later date than under the House bill, which ends the enhanced federal match for the program in 2020. Some have speculated that leaders may be tempted to call a Senate vote on the bill even if they know it will fail, simply to move the issue off their plate for now.

Graham's wish to pivot from health care to tax reform echoes comments House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) made in March when the lower chamber was struggling to secure enough votes to pass a health bill. Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic law since it was enacted in 2010. But given the willingness of House Republicans last month to support a bill that many of them didn't like, no one should be certain that Republicans won't compromise on their principles again. "I'm very leery of a healthcare bill passing the Senate that can get through the House".

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield said Tuesday that it's dropping individual exchange coverage in OH next year, citing a "lack of certainty of funding" for cost-sharing subsidies the government pays insurers to help reduce low-income Americans' health costs and "an increasing lack of overall predictability" in the market.

However, both sides now need each other perhaps more than ever. "Cutting" taxes and "reforming" the tax code are different processes, with different goals and different challenges when it comes to moving them through Congress.

In an increasingly rare non-inflammatory tweet on Tuesday morning, President Trump noted that he had scheduled a "big meeting" later in the day with the top Republicans in Congress, and suggested that they would be discussing legislative priorities, including tax reform and healthcare.

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