USA health chief 'in a receiving mode' on health bill ideas

"We may be working on this for a while". Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday.

In this March 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Senate Republicans are struggling for consensus as they seek to keep the party's campaign promise to repeal and replace the ACA. He praised the House bill as a good first step. Rolling back the end date will have a big impact on whether the overall package results in enough savings to qualify under reconciliation, and there's not a lot of room for error.

And now, Democrats are taunting them from across the political aisle: Come work with us.

The Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to oversee its probe into the Russian Federation issue and several congressional panels are also investigating the matter.

But that measure appears to be out of the question in the Senate.

McCaskill said the reason for the secretive process is obvious.

"I mean, listen, this is hard to take", the three-term senior Senator from Missouri continued, acknowledging Democrats "made mistakes" in working on the ObamaCare bill.

Trump has not helped matters, lawmakers say, with his unfiltered tweets that often amplify and prolong story lines that a more disciplined leader would be able to quiet.

White House legislative director Michael Short acknowledged Monday that the set of Russian Federation investigations "detracts" from the president's agenda.

In the weeks since the House approved a politically toxic Obamacare repeal that, according to the CBO, would deprive 23 million people of their health care coverage and impose $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid, Senate Republicans have hosted twice- or thrice-weekly health care policy meetings to hammer out their own Obamacare repeal bill. One is that some senators from states that have expanded Medicaid - there are 20 GOP senators from such states - are balking at the Medicaid cuts in the House bill.

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Some centrist Republicans, like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, praise this strategy. A provision related to abortion may violate Senate rules, while axing it could be a deal breaker for the most conservative members.

"Well", she told Hatch on Thursday, "you couldn't have a more partisan exercise than what you're engaged in right now".

Short said that the White House believes Trump "is often very effective in driving our message in Congress" despite the fact he does "not have a conventional of style". "What do we need changed from it, so we still got a ways to go". "Alaska is an extreme outlier and part of it is just our geography, it's our low-density population so if there is not some kind of geographic cost adjustor it makes it tough for me".

Medicaid remains one of the thorniest issues for the Senate.

While many Republicans have spent years pledging to cut Medicaid, they are now reluctant to undo the program that provides coverage to more than 70 million low-income Americans, including many of their constituents.

Elected on pledges to overhaul the healthcare system and slash taxes, Trump has yet to achieve a major legislative win, and time is running out before lawmakers leave Washington for the August break.There has been little progress on healthcare since the House passed its bill. Many states also rely on Medicaid for treatment in the opioid crisis. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of GOP leadership, who added that the Senate's legislation would not have the "abrupt cut-off" for Medicaid expansion included in the House bill.

Democrats say bills aimed at stabilizing the private insurance market and bringing down the cost of medicine are just two examples of areas where Republicans may get Democratic cooperation.

"The Affordable Care Act has failed to meet the promises that were made to OH families".

Pressed to elaborate, a spokesperson said: "Senator Murkowski has been hearing from people all over the state, including hospitals, providers, disability advocates, and the State legislature that it has been a large net positive for Alaska".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that Trump was "sabotaging" the health care law.

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