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Trump expects Senate health care bill in summer

21 June 2017

Republicans are expected to be presented with a menu of options to overhaul Obamacare. Public disapproval has hardened Trump's opposition, giving Democrats hope for the future and has provided some Republicans the cover to stand up to the President when needed.

In meetings, aides have said that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the ultimate decision maker, has not made any statements that would point to which way the GOP's bill will move.

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who has been a fierce advocate of more slowly phasing out Medicaid expansion than the House's repeal bill did, said the health care bill "needs some work still for me".

Also, by allowing states to opt out of the essential health benefits mandate, Senate Republicans continue to leave themselves vulnerable to criticism that they are hurting those with health issues.

On Twitter, Gov. John Bel Edwards called the House proposal "no better" than the original spending plan the chamber's leaders crafted, which the Democratic governor had threatened to veto if it passed. Claire McCaskill unloading Thursday about "a group of guys in a back room somewhere" shaping the Republicans' proposed replacement of Obamacare without Democratic input.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Republicans have expressed differences on the Medicaid portion of the bill.

. Bill Cassidy, are among the handful of Republicans who have informally reached out to Democrats in recent weeks to discuss health care.

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"I still think in the end there is a huge reason why we have to get to 50 on this", said Thune, the third-ranking GOP leader.

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They will be meeting with a president who appears increasingly desperate to deflect attention from the issues hurting his administration - primarily the fallout from an investigation into whether members of his campaign staff colluded with Russian intelligence agencies to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

"What's clear is we have to act", McConnell said. "Senator Paul remains optimistic the bill can be improved in the days ahead and is keeping an open mind".

Senators say they also face pressure to move forward as several insurers have pulled out of the ACA marketplaces for next year - most recently in OH, where Anthem's decision to withdraw from the Obamacare exchange likely leaves 20 counties without an insurance provider selling plans for 2018.

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At this point, one GOP aide said it's time for the conference to make some tough decisions.

A few senators are wary of getting rid of the expansion at all, even on a slower timeline.

"I think it's more likely to fail than not", Sen.

"We're stuck", Graham told reporters.

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".

But leadership has a narrow path to getting the bill through the Senate.

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Some healthcare experts also warn that pre-existing conditions would not be protected even if a state were only allowed to waive the essential health benefits. 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 president is tied in a knot here in Washington, because he insists on going it alone", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Congress is set to go on recess July 4. But Senate GOP members weren't talking about timetables. Lawmakers said preliminary discussions with the CBO have already begun. It's one of the most popular aspects of Obamacare. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Monday, per the WSJ.

Trump expects Senate health care bill in summer