Senate Republicans Homing in on Final Health Bill

White House wants healthcare vote this summer, tax reform in fall

The aide said this is the natural point the chamber was bound to get to.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his negotiators are putting pen to paper to see where his troops stand as the effort moves into a do-or-die phase.

Asked more broadly about the challenges posed by the president going off-message on Twitter, Short countered that the president usually helps advance the White House agenda.

"'Cause this is not like fine wine, it doesn't get better with age", he added with a laugh. "Decisions have to start being made in order to get the package ready". Some Republican lawmakers praised an outline that McConnell presented at a lunchtime meeting, although they cautioned that much work remained to be done. But lawmakers emerging from the room were tight-lipped about what exactly is on the table.

Senator Bill Cassidy said the plan offered more protections than the House bill for people who already have pre-existing illnesses when they apply for insurance coverage - a major point of contention."I think personally they are moving in the right direction", he said.The House healthcare bill could result in 23 million people losing insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

"Planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly hard due to the shrinking individual market as well as continual changes in federal operations, rules and guidance", the insurer had said. The small print taketh away. "I'm very encouraged, very encouraged".

"I'm not going to go into details".

Sen. Roy Blunt said, "My personal view is we've got until about the Fourth of July to decide whether the votes are there or not and I hope they are".

"Now the Senate I'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great healthcare and I'm looking forward to seeing it", Trump said.

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The major differences are likely to be those that concern the expansion of Medicaid that was permitted under the Affordable Care Act, the grants that law provides to the states for expanding Medicaid coverage in their states, and in the way that provisions such as the coverage mandate for people with pre-existing conditions work.

"While we do have a press assistant opening in the Communications Department, Senator Graham has not applied and should not make public statements on behalf of Senator Rand Paul", the spokesman said in an email to Bloomberg BNA. Several senators have spoken of having a "softer landing period" than the House bill, which rolls back the eligibility criteria starting in 2020.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released new statistics Tuesday that showed the House bill would shift costs to states which expanded Medicaid under the ACA. That's a dealbreaker for many senators from states that have benefited from expansion. The funding level would increase annually based on the medical inflation rate in the Consumer Price Index, which grows more quickly than the standard inflation rate.

Complicating matters further, leaders must also jump through a series of other procedural hoops, like waiting for an official cost estimate before the health-care bill can come up for a vote.

Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, said most members of his party supported the Iran bill, but that they would only agree to let it go ahead because they expected it would be amended to include "a strong package" of new sanctions on Russian Federation as well. Lisa Murkowski told reporters.

"In all honesty, I think it's a stalled Congress", Sen. The biggest issues they are trying to sort out: how Medicaid should be structured and funded, whether to allow states to avoid certain Obamacare regulations and how to craft tax credits to replace existing insurance subsides.

The differing ideas reflect not only contrasts in policy but sensitivities to opposite ends of the political spectrum, with some concerned about an electoral backlash from centrist or left-leaning voters who oppose major changes to Obamacare and others anxious a less aggressive assault on the ACA will leave right-leaning opponents of the law dispirited.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, defended the process, saying it fostered comity among Republicans.

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