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.

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