Senate inching closer to ObamaCare-repeal compromise?

President Donald Trump met with Republican congressional leaders on Tuesday to rejuvenate efforts to overhaul the US healthcare and tax systems as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign weigh on his administration.In a White House meeting, Trump welcomed indications by senior Republicans that the Senate might vote on a healthcare bill in July, before it breaks for the summer, after the House of Representatives passed its own version in May."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.

The Senate bill would cut Medicaid at a slower rate compared to the House's American Health Care Act (AHCA) and offer more generous tax credits for older Americans.

The Republican Senate plan also includes some of its controversial features, such as a phase out of Medicaid expansion under the ACA.

Republican leaders hope to convince GOP members to get on board with the $11.8 billion budget crafted and passed by the state Senate. This means that the bill can now proceed to the upper chamber for consideration.

"[McConnell] will always find a way, but instead of helping people, he uses his powers to do bad things", tweeted Adam Jentleson, who served as former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's deputy chief of staff. "McConnell is the GOP's mutant Reid", he added.

One of the ideas that came out of the meeting is to allow states to apply for waivers for essential health benefit coverage.

The House barely managed to pass its version of the bill with a razor-thin 217-213 vote after weeks of talks with Republican dissidents.

That move pleased some moderates but has sparked frustration among conservatives who want to allow states to repeal all of the ObamaCare regulations.

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". He said the meeting was a "good" one but called it "intense".

"We have no idea what's being proposed", McCaskill said in an emotional response. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told Bloomberg senators are discussing a softer rollback of Medicaid expansion that extends beyond 2020.

"What's Plan B if we can't get something more comprehensive?"

Signs of intraparty strain emerged Tuesday after Sen. "We've already lost Rand Paul, so we're down to 51". But Republican lawmakers remain divided on healthcare after the House of Representatives passed a bill to replace Obamacare in May.

The proposal, obtained by The Associated Press, would remove dollars the Senate proposed to spend on health services, public colleges, state prisons, state police and the child welfare agency in the 2017-18 budget year.

President Donald Trump is meeting congressional leaders on Tuesday to push for efforts to overhaul the US healthcare and tax systems, as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign weigh on his administration.

He said that he doesn't believe states can afford to keep Medicaid expansion under current law.

A few senators are wary of getting rid of the expansion at all, even on a slower timeline. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), a member of the leadership team, said the discussions were getting "progressively granular", while Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused the elaborate on the "component parts" of the proposals being looked at. John Hoeven (R-ND) told reporters after the lunch.

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".

Portman has described the proposal as offering a "significant glide path", as if slowing down the withdrawal of federal funds represents a major change to the House bill.

Recommended News

  • Without 'Hamilton' buzz, Tony Awards put on brave face

    Darcy ( Colin Firth ) steps out of the lake in a sopping wet shirt , though you'd be forgiven for not keeping your eyes on her. Additionally, the livestream is only available in select markets, so you will need to check availability in your area.

    Composure, calmness key to success in Proteas game: Kohli

    In the final game in Mumbai, de Kock, Faf du Plessis and A.B.de Villiers all battered centuries as their side ran up 438. South Africa‚ then‚ have never beaten India when the threat of elimination has hung over their heads.

    Top intelligence officials deny receiving pressure from US President Donald Trump

    Admiral Michael Rogers , the director of the National Security Agency , refused to address the matter specifically. The panel's ranking Democrat, Sen.
  • Theresa May's top aides take fall for poll debacle, resign

    Theresa May's top aides take fall for poll debacle, resign

    Mr Timothy said he took responsibility for his role in the "disappointing" result and the widely-criticised manifesto package on social care.
    UK PM seeks to form minority government, to meet Queen

    UK PM seeks to form minority government, to meet Queen

    With one seat left to declare, the Tories are eight seats short of the 326-seat threshhold for a majority . Many thought she wouldn't succeed, some called for her to resign in light of the election results.

    Chad recalls envoy from Qatar amid Gulf dispute

    The Qatari government has written to leaders in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE warning it will respond to any naval threat. Doha is the largest exporter of natural liquefied gas in the world.
  • Cavaliers stave off elimination, force Game 5 vs Warriors

    The team ignored fan requests for greetings and autographs as they entered the hotel with serious looks, and their headphones on. The Cleveland Cavaliers are searching for another history in the NBA Finals as they play the Golden State Warriors in Game 4.
    London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity

    London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity

    As well as bags of gravel in the back of the van, there were 13 wine bottles full of lighter fluid and primed with rags as fuses. We have excellent relationships with our communities and we need people to give us information more than they ever have done.
    Ostapenko recovers to take first title

    Ostapenko recovers to take first title

    Also missing was two-time major champ Victoria Azarenka, while No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost in the first round. While Halep faded in the second and third sets, Ostapenko kept going strong, and eventually came out on top.
  • Cher Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: 'Words Are Impossible'

    Cher Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: 'Words Are Impossible'

    Speaking about their relationship in 1978, Cher revealed she just couldn't cope with his alcohol and drug addictions. The Allmans were known for fusing elements of southern rock , blues , jazz and country music with their own sound.
    NY anti-Islamic law rally, counter-protest face off angrily

    NY anti-Islamic law rally, counter-protest face off angrily

    That doesn't mean we allow it today, too", he said. "It was a peaceful expression of unity against expressions of anti-unity". Roseville Police officers stood at all corners of the intersection during the rally, keeping the different camps separated.

    Will Chelsea be accused of 'tapping up' Southampton's Virgil van Dijk?

    Boro want at least £20 million for the defender following his call-up by England boss Gareth Southgate. But €35 million is just too much for a defender with a year remaining on his contract.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.