Louisiana House budget offer panned by Senate

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Experts have been working to craft a number of policy options that lawmakers can mix-and-match to create a final policy outline.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to keep in place Obamacare's protection against higher health-insurance premiums for people with pre-existing conditions when they buy individual coverage, said a Republican aide familiar with the recommendation. John Thune (R-S.D.) after a meeting of the party's 13-member healthcare working group.

Ryan and Spicer had used the same argument for months, to great effect among Republicans. John Kennedy said Tuesday that costs are growing out of control and adding more money to Medicaid is "like adding paint to rotten wood".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently lamented that the Russian Federation probe is "a challenge to Washington, D.C., the way we do business, a challenge to bipartisanship and a challenge to the effectiveness of this newly elected president". A tax overhaul that's a top Trump priority is unwritten and in dispute, despite his recent claim on Twitter that it's ahead of schedule. "We're still a ways off". Lindsey Graham said of Paul. After observing a slideshow prepared by leadership, Sen. "I'm very encouraged, very encouraged".

"It's very cognizant of preexisting conditions".

Democrats argue that ending the extra Medicaid expansion funds on a slower timetable, as the Senate bill appears poised to do, serves little goal and will simply take away Medicaid coverage at a later date. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

Republicans can only afford to lose two members in the Senate and about 22 members in the House to pass bills on a party-line vote.

The Senate bill is expected to add a few more years to that deadline, though this is far from unanimous and some Republicans think the rollback should happen immediately. Politico reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears more concerned with getting an up or down vote one way or the other than he is with actually passing a bill. This means they need to whip at least 50 votes, according to The Hill. But that was more than a month ago. Under this interpretation, Senate rules would prevent the House from sending their tax bill to the Senate until both the House and Senate passed the health bill.

But no issue has proved more challenging than how to approach Medicaid, the half-century-old government safety-net plan for the poor that is a pillar of Obamacare's coverage expansion.

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However, it's still not clear that the emerging Senate bill will have enough votes to pass.

Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director Trump fired last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Senators don't want states to be able to lift the health law's requirements that bar insurers from charging people for care based on their health conditions.

Republicans know they are not invincible to political pressures: Health care and tax reform were always going to be politically hard issues for Republicans in vulnerable congressional seats, and delaying negotiations only raises the stakes.

The Republicans have been attacking Obamacare for seven years now.

Congress might then turn its focus to overhauling the tax code in September. The Senate has the mere beginnings of its own draft of the health care bill, and tax reform will likely be sitting on the sidelines until it is resolved.

"We've had plenty of time to discuss this issue", McConnell said.

The Senate's efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act have been extremely opaque.

Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic healthcare law since it was enacted in 2010.Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.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.

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