Barrasso: Republicans 'putting final touches' on health care bill

Posted June 22, 2017

The healthcare bill will be released to the Republican Senate Conference on Thursday morning and posted online, senators said.

The White House could not yet say if President Donald Trump had seen the Senate bill. Mike Lee said in a video posted to Facebook.

"The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this failed law", said the Kentucky Republican. "It'll speak for itself, it'll be different, and take a different approach", said Senate Majority Leader Senator, Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

"If you're frustrated in the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration", Sen. "I'd find it hard to believe we'll have enough time", he said, adding that if he did not get enough information, "I won't be voting yes". He's hoping for Senate approval next week.

Senate Democrats can't filibuster the bill because it's protected under special budget rules and only requires a majority vote. Many have also criticized the fact that there are no women or members of color in the working group.

She said she heard the bill may not contain a provision sought by conservatives that would restrict tax credits from paying for insurance plans that cover abortion.

The House has already passed an Obamacare repeal, and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, says that there will be a Senate vote by July 4.

Today we could get our first look at the Senate's plan to replace Obamacare. Ron Johnson, a regular attendee of the health care working group meetings, when asked how so many verdicts could remain outstanding.

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Cuomo then mentioned that an early vote is exactly what McConnell is planning on holding.

Other Republicans are excited by the bill. Sen. I have no idea what the deal is.

Some Republican senators voiced concern on Wednesday about the rush to consider the major legislation as their party's leaders prepare to unveil it.

And while the initial analysis from the CBO would not include some changes that would be in the final legislation, lobbyists say Republicans would argue the revisions would only strengthen the bill and improve on the preliminary report.

Even if the Senate measure does pass the upper chamber, it will still have to pass muster with the more conservative House before any legislation could be enacted. Trump has been giving McConnell and others his feedback and suggestions, Spicer said, but he did not know if the president or senior aides have seen any draft of actual legislation. Spicer did not clearly define what kind of measure would meet the "heart" standard. But he said that, at thrice-weekly Republican luncheons and at private meetings with GOP senators, the issue has been discussed, with the contents of those discussions often shared.

In a move that is likely to please conservatives, the draft also proposes repealing all of the ACA taxes except for its so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health plans in language similar to the House version.

McConnell has been quietly leading Republicans' to a vote next week but that doesn't mean it's going to pass.

Later, I sat down for a cup of coffee at the National Press Club with Dan Hilferty, who runs Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia and is chairman of the board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. If the current timeline is maintained for the Senate version of health insurance and Medicaid reform, it'll be impossible to know if it's any better before the vote occurs.