Trump says healthcare reform push may need additional money

Trump says healthcare reform push may need additional money

Trump says healthcare reform push may need additional money

"If you don't have language, sure you have a sense but your sense could be wrong".

Among the lunch guests were moderate Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who are both considered to be hard sells for the bill GOP leadership is trying to rush to a Senate vote. McConnell provided an outline of ideas under consideration last week at a closed-door GOP lunch as leaders seek to craft a more modest proposal than the House approved.

After House Speaker Paul Ryan forced through a nightmarish Obamacare repeal bill that would strip 23 million people of health care and send insurance markets in much of the country into a death spiral, Senate Republicans immediately tried to disavow the bill and position themselves as the grown-ups. But scratch the surface and you can understand the hesitation and uncertainty coming out of Senate Republicans as it relates to the American Health Care Act.

But some Republicans are concerned about their tight timeframe in repealing Obamacare, including Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Richard Burr (N.C.), who have questioned whether health care will pass by the end of the year.

President Donald Trump, center, gestures during a meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Few senators even know what might be in the bill. But at least have the decency, honor, a little bit of courage.

Conservative groups are demanding the Senate repeal all ObamaCare taxes in its healthcare reform bill. The Republican majority was too slim. The effort was revived shortly thereafter, several amendments were accepted to bring moderate and conservative factions on board.

Vice President Mike Pence, who has worked with Senate Republicans for weeks on health care, will also join the lunch.

Concerns about those provisions cut into Republican support for the replacement measure in the House.

Trump's lunch on Tuesday included a number of more moderate Republicans, including Sens. The GOP also has a tight timeline with leaders including Majority Whip John Cornyn calling for action before an August recess to provide time for other priorities later. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), that Republicans were fast-tracking the bill without any public hearings.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), an attendee of the thrice weekly health care working group meetings, said that it is "not a good process" if he doesn't get enough to time to go over the legislation.

The Senate has worked for almost a month now on its Obamacare replacement bill, which is expected to include some features of the House's American Health Care Act but differs in other aspects, like Medicaid expansion funding and Obamacare taxes. "It is all being done with an eye to try get it by with 50 votes and the vice president". With state approval, insurers would still be able to offer Swiss cheese policies that drop benefits people with preexisting conditions need most.

"Conversations with CBO continue", one GOP staffer said in an email, while another aide said there was no new information to share.

"We aren't stupid", said one of the aides. According to a poll released last week by the AJC, 81 percent of voters in the hard-fought 6th Congressional District described health care as an extremely or very important issue in the race, higher than any other issue polled. "But it's the way we're having to do it".

At some point, the legislation will have to become public.

Some Republicans who have largely been left outside the deliberations say they can't predict what they'll do. That story details the strategic decision made by the Republicans writing the bill to keep its details out of public sight for fear of Democrats - and the media - picking it apart before it even makes it to the Senate floor.

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