These included how tightly to curb the growth of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor; whether to let insurers sell low-priced policies with very limited coverage; and how much money to devote to making health care tax credits more generous.
After passing a bill ending Obamacare at a certain date, the thinking goes, Congress would have more incentive to enact a conservative replacement. This comes as the Senate also announced a two week delay to their August recess. Here's what he told reporters. He says the Senate hasn't accomplished as much as he would like, and he would feel guilty about taking an entire month off work.
Other key senators include Shelley Moore Capito or West Virginia, Jeff Flake of Arizona and John Hoeven of North Dakota said they were still undecided.
McConnell cited "unprecedented level of obstruction" by Democrats, particularly on normally routine confirmations of subcabinet posts and noncontroversial judicial nominees as the reason for the move. Rather than leave town at the end of July, the Senate will now stay in session for the first two weeks of August, cutting the annual month-long late summer recess nearly in half. The delay would push it to the week of August 14. He noted the Senate could recess earlier. He said the reworked bill will also provide $45 billion over a decade to help states combat abuse of drugs including opioids, and make it easier for states to get federal waivers to decide how to spend money under their Medicaid health programs for the poor, elderly and nursing home patients.
"I think that's the wrong strategy", Sen.
The vice president is scheduled to travel to Kentucky for a listening session with those who have been negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act this Wednesday before heading to Providence, Rhode Island, Friday to deliver a speech his aides say will focus on health care at the National Governors Association summer meeting. Anywhere between 18,000 and 24,000 people a year will die as a result of this Republican health care plan.
Grassley spoke on the Fox News Channel.
A little-discussed provision in the Senate health care bill is created to boost the number of hospital beds for psychiatric care, providing a long-sought victory for mental health advocates.
Supporters of the proposal have to prove that the bill in question either increases revenues or reduces spendingThat those changes are not merely "incidental" That all the changes are within the jurisdiction of the committees outlined in the reconciliation instructions. He had foreshadowed that possibility earlier this week with a tweet across the bow: "I can not imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a handsome new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!"
"You have the possibility of two different risk pools", explained economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a longtime Republican adviser.
In the interview with Robertson, Trump suggested that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was most responsible now for the fate of a bill overhauling the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. The measure will lose if just three of the 52 GOP senators oppose it. While he said most Republicans have good intentions, others are gumming up the works with demands for big spending. Those that are disliked are necessary to support those that are beloved.
The president called on Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. But internal GOP disputes over insurance coverage requirements and other issues still linger.
But while McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan insist that tax legislation will be easier for Republicans to pass than a health care overhaul, party schisms are already emerging.
Cornyn said he expects GOP leaders to unveil a new version of the legislation this week, "and then we'll vote on it next week".