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Editorial pages are filled with tough warnings for Republican lawmakers as they proceed with their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
In other state legislative news, a recently signed Texas bill would alter the state’s Teacher Retirement System health care plan. Outlets also report on developments from Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan and Kansas.
Gov. Scott Walker has asked the federal government for permission to start the tests. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in Texas, Ohio, Georgia and Colorado.
Although the strategy kept dissent down, it caused frustration even among Republicans.
Senators from states that have been particularly hard hit by the opioid crisis are drawing a line in the sand over funding to curb the epidemic.
There’s a razor-thin margin of error in the Senate to get to a “yes” next week on the chamber’s version of the health care bill. Not even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is certain about its chances. Meanwhile, public opposition to the bill continues to rise.
The legislation has been drafted mostly behind closed doors, and for many Thursday will be the first they see any details of it.
Editorial writers examine a range of topics related to health system reform.
S&P Global Ratings did not downgrade the state’s ratings, but criticized the legislature’s decision to cut funds by nearly $2 billion while expecting more people to qualify for the program. Meanwhile, officials in Illinois are still seeking to get beyond an impasse on Medicaid payment formulas for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.
The group, which is working in secret, has reportedly asked the Congressional Budget Office to score a proposal that would cut the House bill’s growth rate for Medicaid funding.
Senate Democrats are lobbing a variety of criticisms at the health law efforts by colleagues on the other side of the aisle, but a consistent theme is that Republicans don’t like their own bill.
As Republicans race toward a self-imposed deadline to vote on their legislation, Democrats take steps to slow down work in the Senate.
Republican leaders are still pushing to get a vote before Congress goes on recess for the July Fourth holiday. But it’s unclear whether they have enough “yeses” to pass the legislation.
The legislation would have allowed all residents the option of buying into Medicaid coverage.
Republicans are embracing the idea of work requirements, but many of the places where the rules will go into effect are in deep Trump country. Media outlets report on other Medicaid news out of California, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Iowa.
The party hopes to use the sentiment as a unifying message against Republicans. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders says he supports any tactic the Democrats take to “defeat that horrific piece of legislation.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “bound and determined” to hold a vote on the legislation soon, but there are still a lot of obstacles in the way.
The Washington Post fact checks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s positions on the process of passing a health care bill in 2010 versus now. And other media outlets take a look at how Republicans are struggling with the fact that the legislation is being crafted behind closed doors.
No one knows what the final Senate bill will look like — not even those writing it. But here are some safe, educated guesses.
Opinion writers examine a variety of issues related to health system reform and current efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.