Jennifer Rubin: Some consistency in all the GOP health-care plans

Jennifer Rubin: Some consistency in all the GOP health-care plans

But two Republican senators have already declared their opposition to revised legislation unveiled on Thursday.

Mr McCain's absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass legislation to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as Obamacare.

House Republicans are giving their Senate colleagues some space to get their health care bill through, but there are already some concerns surfacing about the changes to the bill that could be made through the amendment process and whether they could support the final product.

The provision would let insurers sell low-priced policies with skimpy coverage, as long as they also sold policies that met a stringent list of services required under the ACA, like mental health counseling and prescription drugs. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), when confronted outside the Capitol by reporters asking him to respond to Johnson's allegation, said to his driver "I think we ought to go", got into his auto, and drove away.

What Scott didn't say is that Florida has been miserly with its Medicaid program and would pay a heavy price for that.

A new scoring of the GOP-backed health care bill by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has been delayed, further clouding the fate of the effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

McConnell faces stiff resistance over the health care bill from several of his members on the right and left.

The delay keeps Washington at a standstill, as health care is the only pillar of President Donald Trump's agenda that has had any real momentum in Congress, having passed the House in May.

"Unfortunately, BCRA would still make draconian changes to Medicaid's payment structure that would end Medicaid as we know it today", she said in a statement.

There are a number of potential reasons Republicans with concerns about the bill haven't stepped up.

Pence and top Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma were deployed to Rhode Island over the weekend to meet with skeptical governors at the National Governors Association's summer meeting. He had hoped to hold that vote this week, but Sen.

The biggest obstacle for McConnell is winning back the Senate's moderate Republicans. According to Politico, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mike Lee of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Dean Heller of Nevada, and McCain all remain undecided on the legislation. It takes just three "no" votes to kill the bill.

"After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment, I have decided I can not support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act", Sen.

Also, the Senate bill would shrink the program even more over time by pegging the annual growth rate of those funds to standard inflation, rather than the more generous medical inflation, starting in 2025.

The CBO was widely expected to release the report Monday, and it is now unclear when that assessment will come out.

Doctors now are waiting for the results of a tissue pathology analysis to determine more information about the blood clot, McCain's office said, adding they will release more details as information becomes available.



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