Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

Senators could vote on their version of the healthcare plan next week before their summer recess begins.

In a new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey, 3 out of 10 Republican voters said they disapprove of the House GOP's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The effort has been plagued from the start by tensions between moderates and conservatives, which surfaced again on Tuesday.

Democrats have also lambasted McConnell for writing the sweeping legislation in closed-door meetings.

The House passed its version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, last month after pulling it twice from a floor vote in April amid strong opposition by the conservative Freedom Caucus.

Since Obamacare became law in 2010, Republicans have campaigned on repealing the program that extended insurance coverage to millions of additional Americans through both subsidized private insurance and an expansion of Medicaid.

Trump has urged the Republican-led Senate to pass a more "generous" bill than that approved by the House, whose version he privately called "mean", according to congressional sources.

An estimated 23 million people could lose their healthcare under the House plan, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and other GOP senators from states that expanded Medicaid were still battling to prolong the phase-out of that money to seven years.

Planned Parenthood is planning a wave of nationwide protests to dissuade the Senate from including language in the ObamaCare repeal bill that would defund the nonprofit organization. Huntington said she would not be surprised if they keep going up no matter what the Republicans do.

The GOP in the Senate has worked on the bill behind closed doors, while Democrats have objected.

Heading into a GOP Senate lunch, some lawmakers said that big questions on the bill, such as whether it will include state waivers for Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits, remained unanswered.

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that there's "more work to do" before the bill adequately cuts premiums.

House Republicans outnumber Democrats 221-170. McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion dr".

CNBC reported that Trump had a meeting with business leaders yesterday and reportedly raised similar concerns about the Senate bill.

Thune said the bill was not yet finalized, saying: "We're trying to get definitive determinations" on a range of issues.

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