US Senate Republicans to Unveil New Healthcare Bill

Caroline Beck
June 22, 2017

"Somebody's got to write a bill", Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Ca.

Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY disputed that.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V. and Sen.

In a series of actions that threaten to break the hypocrisy meter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who fancies himself a Senate institutionalist, in just five months has done more than any other leader to turn the world's greatest deliberative body into a cheap knock-off of the House. McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion dr".

Two abortion-related provisions in the House-passed bill that rewrites the USA health insurance system have been dropped from the Senate's counterpart version, according to several lobbyists. They're pushing for public hearings.

The Senate must have the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office provide a cost estimate for the measure 28 hours before a vote can take place. Spicer offered no specifics but said Trump wants the Senate to "strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible".

Later, he simply chortled when asked if he was confident the measure would pass, a victory that would elude him if just three of the 52 GOP senators voted no.

"We have to act, and we are", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Senators could vote on their version of the healthcare plan next week before their summer recess begins.

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Speaking to CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Wednesday morning, Johnson expressed his concerns about the way Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could approach a vote on the bill that remains secret after weeks of deliberation behind closed doors.

Most Republicans said they were waiting until the text was released to say whether they would support the bill. "I think this will be about as transparent as it can be", McConnell told reporters.

The Senate proposal is expected to cut back the expansion of Medicaid, the government program for the poor, and reduce subsidies to people buying private insurance.

Senate Republicans are finally set to unveil the healthcare bill. But starting in 2025, payments to the states would grow more slowly than those envisioned in the House bill.

"We've been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years". Unlimited federal dollars now flow to each state for the program, covering all eligible beneficiaries and services. The House will replace that mandate with a financial penalty imposed on people who let their coverage lapse and then renew it.

To help pay for its expanded coverage to around 20 million people, Obama's law increased taxes on higher income people, medical industry companies and others, totaling around $1 trillion over a decade.

He suggested that the senate update the bill to ensure it has no revenue provisions, after which he said he is "confident" the house can move it forward. And conservatives both on and off the Hill warn that they won't support any bill that doesn't lower premiums.

Besides Lee and Cruz, conservative Sen.

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