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United States health chief 'in a receiving mode' on health bill ideas

18 Junio 2017, 12:03 | Crisanna Felipe

When the bill arrives, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has the ability to bring up the legislation under the provisions of reconciliation, which include a nondebatable motion to proceed that requires only a simple majority vote; no filibuster; time limits on overall debate, amendments, and motions; and the adoption of the legislation by a simple majority vote. "Obviously, we're going to have a vote on this one way or the other".

The Senate GOP's working group on healthcare presented an early draft of the bill in a closed-door meeting Tuesday, Politico reported.

"Many in Washington and the media look at the huge health crises that we have facing Tennessee and the country today and they say, 'We can't afford to change our nation's health care policies at a time like this, '" said Price, a former Georgia congressman and physician, at the event sponsored by Healthy Tennessee and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Acting as if he had not just been told what to say, Hatch, the longest-serving Republican Senator in USA history, told McCaskill, "I don't know if there's going to be another hearing but we've invited you to participate and give your ideas".

"We want it to be revenue neutral, and we are still supportive of tax reform, but I am also saying to you that what we believe is most important to get the economy going is the tax cuts", he said.

Some Republicans say they will have a vote before July 4, according to The Wall Street Journal. Therefore, the legislative vehicle has still not officially been delivered to the Senate from the House. Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo and other college leaders buttonholed legislators in the House, asking them not to remove the money senators added for colleges.

There are 20 Republican senators who represent states that accepted an influx of federal cash to expand Medicaid to their poorest residents, so they're seeking a soft landing.

Asked about Burr's grim assessment Friday, Cornyn said: "Suffice it to say, I'm a little more optimistic". And so now is the time to start coming up with some tangible alternatives and building consensus.

Republicans on Capitol Hill largely ignored the budget request sent last month from the Trump administration.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), a physician and member of the GOP leadership team, confirmed that tweaks were being made to the House repeal bill's phase-out of Medicaid expansion to make it more of a "glide path". Conservatives are sure to oppose this idea. Plans to defund Planned Parenthood also risk the votes of a pair of pro-choice female Republican senators. Some have openly doubted that the talks are leading anywhere positive.

After a lengthy correspondence with a nearby aide, Hatch said that there would likely not be another hearing but that McCaskill and her colleagues had been "invited" to give their input on the bill. Over the Memorial Day recess, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who had been outspoken in his opposition to the House-passed bill, signaled that he was comfortable with the broad strokes of the Senate legislation, though he warned that he hadn't seen the final text. Current funding runs out September 30, and many Republicans are hoping to enact spending cuts, which could complicate the process.

The small window for action and policy disagreements has upped the chatter among Senate GOP aides and associates that making good on their often-repeated promise to undo parts of Obamacare may not be possible.

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.

McConnell works with a hard whip count.

Graham said Paul is "irretrievably gone", meaning GOP leaders can only afford one more defection and still pass legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare. Without it, the chances of passing a health care bill out of the House again would be in jeopardy. But for McConnell, getting to 50 votes (Vice President Mike Pence could break a 50-50 tie) means losing no more than two Republican senators.

Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, a Metairie Republican who handles the budget in the House, said he didn't think it was wise to "use 100 percent of a wrong number".



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