Will Senate Republicans repeal Obamacare when nobody's looking?

Tuesday, 13 Jun, 2017

But the basic idea under discussion, as senators, aides and lobbyists have confirmed, is to introduce some sort of seven-year timeline ― either postponing the date when expansion funds stop, reducing the expansion funds over a period of time or both. "This would increase the pressure on individual Republicans who are skittish".

"Now the Senate I'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great health care and I'm looking forward to seeing it", Trump said. "We want a system that incentivizes innovation and we want a system that empowers patients through transparency and accountability in choices", Price said.

On the Finance Committee on Thursday, which held many hearings on Obamacare in 2009, Democratic Sen. Asked when a Senate bill may be introduced, he said, "I doubt it will be real soon".

Some opponents of the American Health Care Act are sounding the alarm over social media, anxious that the Senate may pass the bill under cover of night (or the hue and tweetstorms) surrounding President Trump's Russian Federation scandal. McConnell meanwhile has a working group of 13 Senators - all men - steadily and surreptitiously haggling to reach a consensus on Obamacare.

Meanwhile, the fate of two crucial Obamacare regulations, barring insurers from charging much higher premiums to people with preexisting medical conditions and mandating ten "essential" health care services in all policies is also very much at issue in the Senate.

So Senate Republicans were not busying themselves pushing through legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as Obamacare) during Comey's highly-anticipated testimony, which was his first public appearance since he was sacked by President Donald Trump on 9 May 2017.

After weeks of wheel spinning, the Senate returned from the Memorial Day recess on Tuesday with a sudden surge of hope that the 52-member GOP majority could somehow strike a compromise in the coming month. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Republican leader in the Senate, told Axios. "Well, let me suggest to you that we can't afford not to change our health care policies at a time like this".

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The clip of McCaskill's unscripted comments started making the rounds rather quickly, and for good reason. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told Bloomberg senators are discussing a softer rollback of Medicaid expansion that extends beyond 2020. While that's more gradual "glide path" (to use Capito's word) than the three-year phase-out proposed by McConnell, the result is the same: the end of federal funding for the expansion, which could affect as many as 10 million people.

Senators quoted in the Politico story seemed doubtful that the bill would pass, even if Republicans succeeded bringing it to a vote.

"We wish it weren't this way, but the reality is that it will be a partisan exercise", said Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director.

In April, during a contentious town hall meeting, Heller spoke about the importance of protecting access to health care and noted that "we have 200,000 people here in the state of Nevada that now have access".

Giving states the opportunity to repeal community rating ultimately brought dozens of members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to support the GOP's American Health Care Act. "The bill still would reverse the historic gains in health coverage and access to care that have been made under the expansion". The Senate proposal still will have to go through a procedure to excise provisions seen as extraneous to budget issues. In the House bill, tax credits are based primarily on age.

Without providing a clear workable framework replace Obamacare, McConnell and other top Senate Republicans reportedly outlined a series of sweeteners and concessions to moderates at a lengthy closed-door meeting that was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday accused Trump of holding the subsidies "hostage".