US Senate postpones recess to focus on healthcare reform

US Senate postpones recess to focus on healthcare reform

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined the growing chorus of lawmakers calling on Congress to forego its August recess until it passes legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Trump wrote in a morning tweet.

The Senate was initially set to begin a five-week recess on July 31, but McConnell's decision pushes it back to the week of August 14.

McConnell said that "once the Senate completes its work on health-care reform", it will turn to "other important issues" like the National Defense Authorization Act and President Donald Trump 's nominees for government posts who await Senate confirmation.

Senator John Thune, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, indicated that Senate leaders remain uncertain over whether the revised Bill can attract the 50 votes needed to pass the Bill in a chamber the Republicans control 52-48.

But the ideological disagreement over how to revise the ACA raged on among Republicans.

The number 20 is instructive here: If more than 20 million Americans lose health insurance under the GOP bill, and fewer than 20 percent of poll respondents like it, you don't have much of a plan.

While this would lower premiums for some Americans, health experts say it would also siphon off younger, healthier consumers and could destabilize the market for more generous plans.

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McCain suggested that Senate Republicans reach out to their Democratic colleagues to draft legislation that would garner 60 votes. It is not the cheaper, better health insurance for everyone that Trump promised.

Republicans at both ends of the conservative spectrum took issue with the bill for different reasons.

At least nine Senate Republicans - conservatives and moderates - have publicly opposed the original version of the bill according to CBS News. Is the serious rewrite plan dead? "I don't want to see us make the same mistake". This is the approach now getting a serious look by key Republicans.

A revised Congressional Budget Office score, showing the costs and impact on coverage of the new version of the bill, is expected on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

"Only in Washington would you ask a question 'is there a negative motive to this, of trying to hide away from the questions back home?'" Perdue told reporters.

"We intend to fully utilize the first two weeks of August", he said Tuesday afternoon. All these years later, not only have they failed to repeal the law, but they can't even explain what their goal is in doing so - besides simply undoing a major part of former President Barack Obama's legacy.

Democrats have long said they are ready to work with Republican in that effort, and on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote McConnell urging him to cooperate on several Obamacare-connected measures introduced by Democrats.

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