Pre-existing conditions could split Senate GOP
The proposal has been short on details, including how much the tax cuts would cost and what loopholes would be closed.Others are eager to move past healthcare as well.”We need to bring this to an end and move to taxes”, said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. “We’ve had seven years to talk about health care“, he said. We believe new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will be good not only for the FDA, but also for the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. “This would increase the pressure on individual Republicans who are skittish”. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, a doctor who’s tried hard to paint himself as a moderate on health care, emerged to say that he was “very encouraged” about the plan.
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.
Determined to protect former President Barack Obama’s landmark heath care law, Democrats are seizing the moment to repeatedly call on Republicans to abandon their repeal efforts – and team up with Democrats on improving the Affordable Care Act instead. But Senate GOP members weren’t talking about timetables. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican. The House measure is H.R. 1628.
Other senators insist health care remains their priority.
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. But he added, “I’m seeing more and more clarity, and a narrower and narrower focus, and a smaller and smaller difference in the caucus”.
HHS Secretary Tom Price testified yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee on his department’s budget, and not surprisingly, there was a fair amount of discussion of the Republican plans on health care policy. Sen.
Of course, slowing down the Medicaid expansion cut would mean more spending in the Senate bill, relative to its House counterpart, because the federal government would be supporting insurance for more people for a few years.
The two chambers were hopelessly divided over many aspects of health care reform, from the basic architecture of health insurance premiums, benefits, and subsidies to the future of Medicaid for low-income Americans.
The working group presented their proposals through a PowerPoint presentation on Capitol Hill, including some that mirror those in the American Health Care Act, the House health care bill that was passed in May, while also offering some key differences to the original bill, according to meeting attendees.
House Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) spoke out against the bill, which they dubbed the “Wrong Choice Act”, in a speech on the House floor Thursday afternoon after Comey’s testimony. Republican Senate President John Alario said the proposal is “too low”.
The Senate bill is looking at basing tax credits not just on age, as the AHCA does, but also on factors such as income and locale. With the summer recess fast approaching, some Senate Republicans are sounding increasingly skeptical that they can deliver on their years-long campaign promise to overhaul Obamacare this year. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said Tuesday that he’s concerned there won’t be enough support in the GOP.
In an interesting twist, the Senate parliamentarian is still in the process of reviewing the House-passed bill to make sure it does not violate Senate rules.
HB1 sat on Tuesday’s House Order of the Day throughout the morning session without Speaker Taylor Barras naming a conference committee to negotiate that bill, as well as HB2, and the bills for supplemental funding to close the current fiscal year and a bill to provide funding for ancillary state services in the new fiscal year which beings on July 1.