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President Donald Trump hosted senators at the White House to discuss their health care push, and he, according to sources, took a much different tone on the House’s version than he did when he was celebrating its passage.
“[T]his is not the best way to do health care, but it’s the way we’re having to do it,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Republicans, though, are trying to rein in expectations about when the vote will come.
To get the support of Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may have to drop language in the Republicans’ health law to defund the organization.
Leadership has little room for error in their strategy to secure enough votes. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may favor keeping coverage protections for people with preexisting conditions, an aide says.
Republicans met on Tuesday to discuss plans to push forward with repeal and replace, but deep party divides over issues such as Medicaid may derail ambitious goals for voting on legislation before the Fourth of July. One Republican senator noted: “The Areas We Have Consensus On? Let’s See, Obamacare [stinks].”
The vote on the Republican health care legislation will be a campaign issue in the 2018 midterm elections, and House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to make sure he retains his majority.
There are multiple groups working on their own versions of the Senate legislation.
“I don’t think this gets better over time,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). “So my personal view is we’ve got until now and the Fourth of July to decide if the votes are there or not. And I hope they are.”
The proposal passed the state Senate and now heads to the Assembly, but with few details on how to foot the $400-billion-a-year cost for the plan, the prospects don’t look too sunny.
Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) paints a pessimistic picture of the upper chamber’s chances of moving forward on health care when members get back from recess. Meanwhile, some lawmakers mull taxing employer-sponsored health plans, but that idea would meet fierce resistance from companies. And past promises to lower premiums may come back haunt senators.
With the federal health law in peril, some of the more than 20 million people who gained coverage are concerned about the future. Among them are older Americans, who could see their premiums increase dramatically. Some of them are beginning to organize to fight for the law.
KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Rovner discuss some of the developments that shook up health news this week.
But lawmakers say there’s no timetable for when it will be made public.
Lawmakers, who are headed home for recess, aren’t exactly hopeful that they can get the 50 votes they need to pass health care legislation through the Senate.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it has lost $100 million through 2016 selling plans under the Affordable Care Act, calling the losses “unsustainable.” Meanwhile, Anthem is saying it is still up in the air whether it will continue to participate in the individual marketplace next year.
“We cannot support legislation that the Congressional Budget Office clearly indicates would jeopardize coverage for millions of Americans,” said Rick Pollack, president of the American Hospital Association. AARP is also against the legislation.
Democrats say the report should be the final nail in the coffin for Republicans’ current legislative proposals to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
They say the Congressional Budget Office analysis doesn’t “tell the whole story” about their legislation.
Now that the legislation has been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate can officially move forward with its own plans. But lawmakers in the upper chamber were quick to say their version will look different than the one that passed the House.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office releases its score for the amended American Health Care Act passed by the House earlier this month.