The Senate parliamentarian said provisions to defund Planned Parenthood for one year and prohibit tax credits from being used to help buy health plans that cover abortion violate the chamber’s arcane budget rules. The guidance further complicates the GOP push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is expected to schedule a hearing in the near future to discuss policies to bolster the nation’s health insurance marketplaces.
In an effort to win over GOP moderates on the health care bill, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma is advocating a plan to use up to $200 billion in Obamacare taxes to lower out-of-pocket costs for low-income people who would be kicked off Medicaid in the health care overhaul.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed away from a fallback plan to have the Senate take up a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. McConnell is now urging Republicans to at least let the Senate begin floor debate next week on a measure to overhaul Obamacare, saying the legislation is “wide open for amendment.”
President Donald Trump has invited all 52 Senate Republicans for a lunch meeting at the White House, as GOP leaders’ last-ditch effort to have the chamber vote “early next week” on a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act appears destined to fail.
Senate Republicans’ health overhaul bill effectively collapsed after GOP Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Mike Lee (Utah) announced their opposition to the plan.
The Congressional Budget Office won’t release a cost estimate of the Senate health care legislation on Monday as was expected.
Senate GOP leaders unveiled the latest version of their bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act as they seek to appease both conservative and centrist holdouts before a planned procedural vote. But the changes were immediately rejected by two Republican senators, leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with no more GOP votes to spare.
Two Republican senators immediately opposed the latest version of GOP leaders’ health care bill, imperiling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s effort to begin floor debate on the legislation next week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is facing mounting pressure from President Donald Trump to pass a bill overhauling the Affordable Care Act. But the revised bill he plans to unveil today is unlikely to win over most of the 10 conservative and moderate holdouts who publicly oppose the first iteration of the measure.