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Senate Goal: June Vote to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Senate Goal: June Vote to Repeal and Replace Obamacare”

President Donald Trump is meeting congressional leaders on Tuesday to push for efforts to overhaul the USA healthcare and tax systems, as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign weigh on his administration.

The Republican Senate plan also includes some of its controversial features, such as a phase out of Medicaid expansion under the ACA. The initial Republican timetable on healthcare was for President Trump to sign a bill two months ago.

There are 20 Republican senators who represent states that accepted an influx of federal cash to expand Medicaid to their poorest residents, so they're seeking a soft landing.

Speaking at the White House Tuesday to Republican House and Senate leaders, Trump is lauding the "very, very long and hard negotiation" to get his health care bill through the House. House GOP leaders say they want to give the state a cushion against their expectations the state's income forecast is too optimistic. The Senate plan is even more ambitious, slashing taxes by up to $1 billion.

President Trump may have to wait longer than he prefers to repeal Obamacare.

Speaking on background, an aide to a conservative senator said their office is "very disappointed" in the healthcare proposal as it now stands and that its structure "absolutely" jeopardizes support on the right. "No one wants to be here for a special session", Reynolds said. "We're not even going to have a hearing on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy", McCaskill charged.

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) said the Senate is discussing a "glide path" that gradually turns off the Medicaid expansion spigot, rather than the House bill that abruptly cuts it off. Let me just say, I watched carefully all of the hearings that went on [when the Affordable Care Act was crafted].

Signs of intraparty strain emerged Tuesday after Sen.

Senate Republicans are aiming for a vote to repeal Obamacare by the end of the month, Politico reported Monday.

"We're ready to land this airplane", Sen.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wouldn't answer questions but it seems unlikely that he would support the direction of the Senate GOP bill, which is nothing like the complete repeal that Paul was proposing earlier this year.

Paul, who like Graham ran for president in 2016, quickly responded. We have no idea what is being proposed.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats - a party in search of an agenda Sanders concerned Trump tried to "derail" Russian Federation probe Senate GOP paves way for ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (I-Vt.), however, countered that the Senate parliamentarian had only made a decision about a provision in the House bill, not the entire legislation.

Most members wouldn't get into details about what actually is on the table, but they were honest that there are still sticking points here that have to be resolved. "I'm going to do everything I can to protect Ohio's interests and ensure that our health care system works better for all Ohioans", Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters.

When Independent Journal Review asked if he would vote for or against that bill, Graham chuckled. Sick people could be forced to pay exorbitant prices for a plan that covers their conditions under that scenario. This version allots more funds for tax subsidies than the House-passed American Health Care Act, according to the report.

At this point, one GOP aide said it's time for the conference to make some tough decisions.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, asked if there would be a vote on the health care bill by July 4 said "there better be". But Senate GOP members weren't talking about timetables.

"All of these discussions are intense", Hatch said.

Infrastructure: The White House may have focused on the issue this week.

We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor. Senate Republicans have rejected that bill, but have struggled to come up with their own alternative that can win a majority vote in the upper chamber.

- Rachel Roubein, Jessie Hellmann and Nathaniel Weixel contributed.

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