GOP senators to unveil health care bill Thursday

Pence, who has substantially more legislative experience than Trump, has attend a luncheon with Senate Republicans almost every week, checking in on the health care process as a liaison for the White House. But it was not clear to some lawmakers Wednesday what that would entail.

"We eliminate the individual mandate". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.

McConnell has been quietly leading Republicans' to a vote next week but that doesn't mean it's going to pass.

Some Republicans have expressed frustration with the process.

"Do you think you'll get the chance to see it and really read the whole thing to really say whether or not this is satisfactory?"

Alaska moderate Lisa Murkowski said she didn't know how she'd vote, adding, "I have no idea what the deal is". "I'm most eager to entertain them then".

"It's about the people of MI not knowing", she said.

The President also urged Republicans in the Senate to stick with him on health care, and support a GOP plan that will be unveiled on Thursday to overhaul the Obama health law "Obamacare is a disaster", the President said.

McConnell has kept details under wraps, presenting his conference with options being considered instead of final decisions, especially on some of the most hard components to hash out.

So, to review: The Senate bill keeps Obamacare's subsidy structure in place while paring back eligibility, guts Medicaid more slowly but more severely than the House bill, and still lets states drop essential consumer protections, although not as many as the House. That move could prompt states to reduce the size of their Medicaid programs.

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A draft of the secretive Senate version of the American Health Care Act began circulating on Wednesday and despite Donald Trump's campaign promise, the bill still calls for massive cuts to Medicaid. Pelosi's tweet came in response to Sen.

There was also an argument over Medicaid's growth rate going forward, with conservatives favoring lowering the growth rate in 2025. The Senate is trying to correct that.

Also like the House bill, the Senate measure would block federal payments to Planned Parenthood, one source said.

Cassidy's approach to reforming health care in the US lies in stark contrast to that of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who in 2010 said the Democrat-controlled Congress just needed to pass Obamacare so that they could "find out what's in it".

Opioid Funding: Another concern about cutting Medicaid funding is that treatment for opioid addition would lose funding. Senators from states with high opioid addiction rates are hoping that people with addictions don't lose their access to care. It's even being kept secret from Democrats in the Senate!

When pressed by Blitzer about whether he would support a bill even that included funding for Planned Parenthood if it would help the measure get a majority of votes, Barrasso dodged the question. West Virginia, Ohio, Alaska, Nevada, and Arkansas all have Republican senators and expanded the program. These members have various concerns but one similar thread is the threat of drastic cuts to Medicaid. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz (R-TX). "And everything I hear sounds like Obamacare-lite", said Sen.

"Up to this point, I don't have any new news - tomorrow we will see it definitively - that would cause me to change that sentiment", she said.

Vulnerable Members: Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Dean Heller of Nevada could have tough re-elections in 2018 and a vote for an unpopular bill could seal their fate. She said an analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected Monday, would be "extremely important to me because I want to know the impact on coverage and on cost".

McConnell announced a discussion draft would be laid out on Thursday.

The House-passed bill would halt the extra funds for new beneficiaries in three years, a suggestion McConnell has offered.

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