When the bill arrives, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has the ability to bring up the legislation under the provisions of reconciliation, which include a nondebatable motion to proceed that requires only a simple majority vote; no filibuster; time limits on overall debate, amendments, and motions; and the adoption of the legislation by a simple majority vote. Republican Sen. Rob Portman told reporters today that he has put together a proposal for a seven-year "glidepath" to unwind the Medicaid expansion. Georgetown University congressional expert Josh Huder says what's truly remarkable is the Senate will replicate what the House did: push this bill forward with little transparency.
Asked how realistic it is to expect Republicans to work with Democrats on health care, the aide simply said: "It becomes more realistic the more Republicans continue to flail". "I'm very encouraged, very encouraged". "If you don't get something done in the first quarter of next year, then you're starting to look at elections, right, and the closer you get to elections, the less people want to talk about tax reform".
He said that from the late 1990s until about a decade ago, Tennessee's TennCare program, the state's version of Medicaid, was a walking illustration of an unsustainable program.
"The whole federalism component for states having the flexibility to try different approaches that may work for that state. was one of the lynchpins that got a lot of conservatives", Sanford told IJR after a Freedom Caucus meeting Tuesday night.
Under the ACA, 31 states, including Nevada, and the District of Columbia, expanded Medicaid, which provided additional coverage for 11 million people, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
But leadership has a narrow path to getting the bill through the Senate.
He was non-committal about when that would happen. "I think there's a way we can get there, none of this is going to be easy", he said on Monday.
Senate Republicans met for several hours Tuesday and are reportedly optimistic they can pass their version of the American Health Care Act. In the event of a 50-50 vote, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tiebreaker.
The Senate has rejected the House's initial offer in negotiations over a final version of Louisiana's budget.
Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, a Metairie Republican who handles the budget bills in the House, said he didn't think it was wise to "use 100 percent of a wrong number".
Sen. Shelly Capito, R-W.Va., called it a "good discussion with much more detail".
The legislative uncertainty and the Trump administration's refusal, thus far, to reimburse Obamacare insurers for $9 billion in cost-sharing subsidies to low-income plan members has contributed to a destabilized individual insurance market.
But Judith Lemke, vice president of tax at Corning Incorporated, a glass manufacturing company, said she cautioned her management team earlier this year not to get too excited about the prospect for major changes until the plans actually came out.
Price noted that the exit by insurer Humana from the Knoxville market reflects what is happening in one third of the counties nationwide, where there is only one insurer now offering coverage.
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. "The last statewide insurer in the great state of OH is leaving", Trump said.
Democrats have pointed to that strategy as irrefutable proof that Republicans have no interest in reaching across the aisle on health care.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. speaks during a news conference about the Paris climate agreement, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.