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The Senate majority leader has the option to cut off dilly-dallying if he deems it necessary, but it would be creating a new precedent for how the Senate operates. Republican leaders are also sending signals that they could use a rule to go around the parliamentarian’s ruling on the legislation.
If they keep the language they may run afoul of Senate rules, but if they drop it, they could lose crucial conservative votes.
Repeating the experience of House GOP leaders, Senate leaders are stuck trying to make the bill palatable enough to woo moderates, while also keeping the conservatives happy. It’s a tough line to walk, and no one is certain whether it’s been accomplished.
Media outlets which have seen the draft proposal examine how the legislation is different than the House’s version. The bill is expected to be released today after weeks of only selected Republican senators’ work.
The Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act was revealed Thursday. Here’s an insider’s look at the men who drafted it.
As lawmakers on Capitol Hill prepare for the unveiling of the Senate GOP’s health bill, opinion writers across the country examine how key health policy ideas might work in their states.
Editorial pages are filled with tough warnings for Republican lawmakers as they proceed with their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
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.
Karen Handel secured a victory Tuesday night in Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s old district.
Concerns continue that pockets across the country will lack insurers or competition. But while some titans of the industry debate whether to sell on the health law exchanges next year, one startup — Oscar — is planning to expand its territory.
The insurers, however, want a more permanent guarantee on the subsidies. Meanwhile, The New York Times looks at who would be hurt the most if the payments stopped.
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.
In Washington state, an insurer that was going to pull out of the exchanges reversed course after “repeated discussions” with state officials. And in Iowa, a company that had been considering leaving the individual marketplace announced it will stay in it.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has emerged as a central figure in Republicans’ health law efforts and is cautiously embracing a one-time foreign word: compromise. In other news, conservatives have thrown up some red flags on changes to the American Health Care Act, staff departures uproot the Senate’s ambitious agenda, health care groups that have been shut out of the process take their message directly to the American people, and more.
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.