Trump tries to boost legislative agenda in Congress

Heller said if the changes to Medicaid in the Senate bill are not sufficient for Republican governors, "I'm going to have a very hard time voting for them". "I'm very encouraged, very encouraged". "I want that opportunity".

Most members wouldn't get into details about what actually is on the table, but they were honest that there are still sticking points here that have to be resolved.

"I just don't think we put it together among ourselves", Graham told reporters Monday night.

Under the ACA, 31 states, including Nevada, and the District of Columbia, expanded Medicaid, which provided additional coverage for 11 million people, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, echoed those concerns, saying he doesn't think the Senate will produce a "comprehensive" plan to repeal and replace Obamacare by the end of this year.

Senate members sitting on the committee were also all from Finance.

While we're all distracted by James Comey's Senate appearance to testify about Russia's involvement in the election and his meetings with Donald Trump, the Senate is stealthily ramming through its disastrous Obamacare replacement. Unlike the House bill's waiver scheme, the Senate approach being looked at would not allow states to permit insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more based on their health status. House Speaker Paul Ryan cited the closure as evidence of "the collapse" of Obamacare, and used it to promote his party's repeal plan.

He was non-committal about when that would happen.

"We're getting closer to having a proposal that we'll be bringing up in the near future", McConnell of Kentucky told reporters after the closed-door Senate GOP luncheon. There is no Democratic support for the effort, and Republicans - who hold a narrow 52-48 majority - seek to use expedited procedures to pass a health plan with as few as 50 votes, plus a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence. The biggest item on the to-do list is in the Senate, where Republicans are still looking for a way to come to an agreement on a plan to make major changes in the Obama health law, as there were no hints that anything had changed during the recent 10 day break.

On Thursday, the Hillreported that two key GOP senators, who had both expressed skepticism over the AHCA's Medicaid expansion cuts, are now open to phasing out that expansion.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats - a party in search of an agenda Sanders concerned Trump tried to "derail" Russian Federation probe Senate GOP paves way for ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (I-Vt.), however, countered that the Senate parliamentarian had only made a decision about a provision in the House bill, not the entire legislation. Roy Blunt (R-MO). "We're ready to land this airplane", said Sen.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on the other hand, is a no, according to his SC colleague, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Does that make it acceptable to yank it away from them now?

Of course, "Obamacare" was not flawless, but if Smucker truly wanted to ensure that all Americans have access to "quality, affordable health care" as he claims, he would work to fix those problems, rather than shred the gains we have made and give massive tax cuts to those who least need them.

Price noted that the exit by insurer Humana from the Knoxville market reflects what is happening in one third of the counties nationwide, where there is only one insurer now offering coverage. Trump said in a statement on Twitter early on Tuesday. "I don't see a comprehensive health care plan this year".

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

Acting as if he had not just been told what to say, Hatch, the longest-serving Republican Senator in USA history, told McCaskill, "I don't know if there's going to be another hearing but we've invited you to participate and give your ideas".

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