McConnell Slow-Walks Health Bill in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is tempering expectations for passing an Obamacare replacement bill in the Senate any time soon. “This is a really tough issue,” McConnell told Bloomberg News. “You all covered extensively the difficulty of getting a bill out of the House. It won’t be any easier getting it out of the Senate.”… Read more »

Senate Leaders Drafting Their Own Health Bill

Less than a week after House Republicans journeyed to the White House to celebrate passing the GOP health bill, Senate leaders are working behind closed doors on a substantially different package. Republican senators said they are eyeing major changes to the bill that House members are defending during their one-week recess this week. Republicans hold… Read more »

House GOP Plans Health Care Vote Today

House leaders now believe they have the votes to pass the GOP health care bill later today after agreeing to add a provision to give states an additional $8 billion in funding to help cover insurance costs for sick people and those with pre-existing conditions. “We have enough votes,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy… Read more »

House ACA Repeal Compromise Gains Support

House Republicans are floating a new amendment to their health care bill that would allow states to opt out of central consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, provided the states offer an alternative proposal that lowers premiums or provides for greater competition among health insurance providers. Yesterday the amendment won support from the Freedom… Read more »

Trump Says ACA Repeal Still Top Priority

President Trump appeared to reshuffle his legislative agenda again this week by saying that Congress has to pass an Affordable Care Act replacement bill before undertaking any other major priorities such as tax reform. After suffering through a failed health care repeal-and-replace effort last month, Trump said he was content to move on to overhauling… Read more »