Senate GOP health bill would overhaul Obama law

Senate GOP health bill would overhaul Obama law

Such a decision would have ripple effects far beyond the tenure of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a careful practitioner of the chamber's procedural rules, and open the door for future leaders to more easily advance legislation under a 51-vote threshold. Here's a quick rundown of the standout provisions in the bill, which is expected to come up for a vote as soon as the end of next week.

Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama's health law. "People across the country are suffering pain and the pain is getting worse as insurance companies are pulling out". "President Donald Trump and this Congress will keep their promise to the American people, and we will repeal and replace Obamacare", Pence said in a speech to a meeting of National Association of Manufacturers.

Some Republican senators voiced concern on Wednesday about the rush to consider the major legislation as their party's leaders prepare to unveil it.

They apparently want to push for a vote before the July 4 recess, and hope the CBO can promptly review the bill and issue a report.

"No one knows the Senate better than McConnell", one White House official said when asked about Trump's involvement, an acknowledgment that he is taking the lead.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is scheduled to present the draft bill to Republican senators on Thursday.

Republicans plan to bring the controversial bill to a quick vote next week, but face potentially fatal opposition to it from several members of their own caucus.

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The House did not have that problem because it has different rules that allow for a simple majority to pass most legislation. Senate Republicans have been crafting their own health care bill behind closed doors since the House approved its version.

If the bill comes to the Senate floor without hearings, they should offer as many amendments as possible to slow Senate proceedings to a crawl. "I've been talking about a plan with heart", Trump said.

The bill recently passed by the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance, compared to the status quo, in 2026, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office. "And these are merely the first steps we're prepared to take in order to shine a light on the shameful Trumpcare bill and reveal to the public the GOP's backroom deal-making". The bill would continue the enhanced Medicaid expansion funding from Obamacare until 2021 and then phase it out over three years. But Republicans from states that expanded Medicaid, like Ohio's Rob Portman, want to extend that to seven years.

There was also an argument over Medicaid's growth rate going forward, with conservatives favouring lowering the growth rate in 2025.

"If you basically tell young healthy people you do not have to buy health insurance, the law does not require you to buy it, a lot of them are gonna decide not to buy it", he said.

The Senate bill would also largely maintain Obamacare's premium subsidies structure, but tighten the eligibility criteria starting in 2020. A congressional Budget Office Score of how much the bill will cost is expected early next week.

"This isn't some mundane debate where the two sides can't square their differences, the kind most people choose to ignore", Wyden said.

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