dglobalnews.com Trump Talks Health Care, Taxes With GOP Leaders
Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Trump Talks Health Care, Taxes With GOP Leaders

Trump Talks Health Care, Taxes With GOP Leaders

That echoed similarly pessimistic comments in recent days from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Sens. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said yesterday that he's concerned there won't be enough support in the GOP. And the full Senate and House are scheduled to be tackling Iran sanctions and financial regulations when Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

A Democratic Senate leadership aide told CNN on Tuesday that Senate Democrats see a growing recognition among some of their GOP colleagues that a partisan health care bill may not be able to produce enough Republican votes for passage.

The health bill is now under 2017 budget reconciliation instructions, and Republicans are hoping to pass 2018 budget reconciliation instructions for tax reform.

Republicans have little room for error. Usually, the first six months of a new presidency - especially with a Congress controlled by the same party - are prime time for legislating before the midterm campaign season begins.

Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), according to Sen.

"We need to get some legislative accomplishments", said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said of healing the party divides on health care Tuesday.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican and vice chairman of the National Governors Association, is urging Congress and the White House to maintain spending and coverage for those who became eligible for Medicaid under the expansion.

Instead, Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to manage expectations. "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".

"What's clear is we have to act", McConnell said. Thus the delay in passing health care reform is impacting other legislative priorities as well.

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Senator Bill Cassidy said the plan offered more protections than the House bill for people who already have pre-existing illnesses when they apply for insurance coverage - a major point of contention."I think personally they are moving in the right direction", he said.The House healthcare bill could result in 23 million people losing insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Ted Cruz of Texas, praise this strategy.

However, adjusting the tax credits for income and geographic location would make them even more similar to Obamacare's premium subsidies, which are tax credits based on income and cost of coverage in one's area.

However, both sides now need each other perhaps more than ever.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) said Republicans have whittled their options down to about "five" different plans.

Even if Paul is not lost yet, other conservatives like Sens. "I think it's our responsibility".

Although encouraged by the meeting, many GOP senators did not appear ready to embrace the budding plan.

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. All this means that congressional Republicans face the possibility of having done nothing of effect by September 30, the end of their first fiscal year in power. But Republican lawmakers remain divided on healthcare after the House of Representatives passed a bill to replace Obamacare in May. But with a slim 52-48 majority, Republicans can afford to lose only a couple of GOP senators.

A few senators are wary of getting rid of the expansion at all, even on a slower timeline. Want more politics newsletters from the Globe?

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Obamacare healthcare system is in a "death spiral" and must be reformed soon, a day after insurer Anthem Inc announced it would withdraw from the OH healthcare insurance exchange next year. While House Republicans protested that high-risk pools would cover sick people priced out of the insurance market, the CBO report raised a lot of eyebrows among Senate Republicans.

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