GOP senators draft alternative healthcare bill

GOP senators draft alternative healthcare bill

It's one sign that Republicans are feeling pressure over their inability to pass a bill dismantling the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

"Quite frankly, I hope they don't have the vote".

When Obamacare repeal-and-replace stalled in the House, GOP lawmakers revived it by eroding regulations protecting vulnerable people, thereby attracting support from the far right of the Republican caucus. Such a result would put many federal workers on an unwanted recess of their own, no matter how long senators stick around in August.

DAVIS: It's certainly unusual. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.

With only sick people in the Obamacare-compliant plans, the plans would become very expensive, causing slightly less sick people to drop out, causing the pool to get even sicker (and costlier), causing even more people to drop out. "I have pen in hand so now it means something". "We've got the insurance markets imploding all over the country". "We intend to fully utilize the first two weeks in August".

Several conservative groups said Wednesday the Cruz-Lee option must be included for the Senate bill to have their support.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate plan - which is being reworked by GOP leaders - projected that it would lead to 22 million fewer Americans having coverage within a decade. That score will tell us how much the bill will cost and how many people it intends to cover. We don't know today if enough Republicans will be able to move forward on it next week.

JOHN YANG: Lisa, you said that the Cruz amendment is going to be key.

SHAPIRO: What kinds of changes would you expect to see in this updated bill?

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"Shame. Shame on many in the GOP for promising repeal and instead affirming, keeping, and, in some cases, expanding Obamacare".

As Trump's Goldman Sachs alums and Washington newcomers, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, try to assemble a real proposal for this fall, his populist bomb thrower Steve Bannon floats the idea of a tax increase on the wealthy and bigger tax cuts for the middle class. I believe we can get there.

While there have been some concessions added to the bill to appeal to more moderate members, according to reports, the bill remains largely intact from its initial draft version, and it's questionable whether it can win over holdouts from either side.

DAVIS: There's a huge amount of caution with this, obviously. "They're all set", he said.

Grassley, Republican of Iowa, was perhaps the most blunt when he said on Twitter over the weekend that the 52 Republican senators should "be ashamed that we have not passed health reform by now".

McConnell is planning to hold a vote on a "motion to proceed" on the health care bill next week - a procedural step that, if passed, would begin debate on the legislation. Some Republicans talk about forcing tax policy analysts to craft a "dynamic scoring" system that would make cuts appear to pay for themselves by means of unrealistically optimistic forecasting of economic growth. Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, told reporters today he's already talking to Democrats about a health care proposal that he could unveil as soon as this week.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and economist Lawrence Lindsey of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, writing in USA Today on Monday, said the GOP Senate bill recognizes boundless growth of Medicaid can not continue - and the way to preserve the program is to cap growth on each beneficiary, giving the states maximum flexibility on how they make up the difference and administer it.

SHAPIRO: NPR's Susan Davis, thanks a lot.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, Pat Robertson asked Trump what would happen if Congress continues to fail in their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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