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Senate Republicans may push for a vote on health care reform this month, whether or not their whip team can find enough support to pass it. "No one wants to be here for a special session", said Rep. Gene Reynolds, the leader of the House Democrats and an opponent of the budget offer from House GOP leaders. Republicans have continually criticized the ACA over the past seven years for being passed by Democrats in secret and rammed through on a partisan vote. But as the insurance markets created by the law continue to show signs of turmoil and as deadlines near for insurance companies to file rates for fiscal 2018, any hope for a bipartisan fix has largely faded.

That's why members like Sen. Therefore, the legislative vehicle has still not officially been delivered to the Senate from the House. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both Tennessee Republicans, on the political spot, demanding they publicly state whether "they agree with this dark-of-night, one-sided, backroom repeal plan" and if they were "ready to rush a health care repeal bill through the Senate to appease President Trump". But you know what?

After weeks of discussions about health care in a small working group, Republican senators will get more clues Tuesday on where their leadership is heading as the conference seeks to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Even if health care legislation passed the Senate with only Republican votes, its ultimate passage would not be secured. Without the money, agency leaders said they'd eliminate mental health programs, release prisoners early and threaten public safety.

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".

Senators say they also face pressure to move forward as several insurers have pulled out of the ACA marketplaces for next year - most recently in OH, where Anthem's decision to withdraw from the Obamacare exchange likely leaves 20 counties without an insurance provider selling plans for 2018.

But the Senate bill could face other issues across Capitol Hill if the chamber's leaders keep community rating. Nor did the approach to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.

The idea was discussed in a closed-door Senate GOP meeting Tuesday, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Ron Wyden said Tuesday. Congress is set to go on recess July 4.

Social media is lapping up a video clip of U.S. Sen.

Sen. McConnell implemented Senate "Rule 14" Wednesday to fast-track the GOP House health bill.

"They're willing to look at anything at this point", a GOP Senate aide responded. "It's time for our friends on the other side of the aisle to get serious about moving beyond the problems of Obamacare".

Now, some Republicans are calling for a short-term solution to stabilize the markets.

While Republicans debate, an increasing number of insurers have been pulling out of the market place, including in OH today. "On the health care proposal?"

But moderates have remained open to it as a way to ensure premiums go down.

In this March 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

US President Donald Trump denies any collusion with Russian Federation, and has called the investigation a "witch hunt".

Perhaps Republicans believe those people don't deserve health care. "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.

Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice.

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