Some Democrats tried to poke holes in the House bill.
But others say a more open process, including one that didn't rely on a procedural maneuver that will allow simple majority passage without any need to build bipartisan consensus with Democratic votes, would have been more productive.
The Republican party wants to expedite its stalled efforts to pass a health care bill replacing the previous administration's legislation, but we didn't find evidence they were trying to pull a bait and switch.
That's why members like Sen.
McCaskill first asked Hatch if there was going to be a hearing in the Finance Committee on the bill, given that it could affect trillions of dollars in healthcare spending.
Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic healthcare law since it was enacted in 2010.Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice.
Senate Republicans face a series of hard decisions in crafting the bill they hope to vote on by the end of the month, including how to protect older, sicker and lower-income consumers who would see huge insurance premium hikes under the House bill.
"I would support short-term measures that stabilize markets and give us time", said Republican Sen.
Three Republican Senators who have been resistant to supporting the health care bill - Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Dean Heller of Nevada - came together this week on a potential amendment that would address their concerns about cutting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
Senators say they also face pressure to move forward as several insurers have pulled out of the ACA marketplaces for next year - most recently in OH, where Anthem's decision to withdraw from the Obamacare exchange likely leaves 20 counties without an insurance provider selling plans for 2018.
The Senate bill contrasts with the House-passed bill on several key planks.
Achieving the required savings under reconciliation, while appeasing both factions, is proving extremely hard. Ron Wyden said Tuesday. Let me just say, I watched carefully all of the hearings that went on [when the Affordable Care Act was crafted].
"Doing nothing is not an option", McConnell said. "It's time for our friends on the other side of the aisle to get serious about moving beyond the problems of Obamacare". The fact that zero Republicans voted for the final version of Obamacare is a testament to their partisanship, not to Democrats'. Without it, the chances of passing a health care bill out of the House again would be in jeopardy.
Among the reasons Anthem cited for withdrawing from OH was the uncertainty over federal payments that help decrease health care costs for low-income individuals, commonly known as cost-sharing subsidies.
Trump said insurers are "fleeing and leaving" the markets.
Democrats immediately pounced on the announcement.
Price blamed Washington and the media amid inaction on health care reform. "We can't get there from here", Graham said. For instance, they said its repeal of "cost-sharing" subsidies for American Indian populations fell outside the committees handling the reconciliation process.
But even as GOP members attempted to portray Anthem's departure as yet another example of the failure of the health care law, the difficulty Republicans face in overhauling it on a strictly partisan basis was still on full display.
"This is one more reason why the status quo on health care is unsustainable".
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