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Rep. Roland Lemar D New Haven speaks in the House of Representatives. CTNewsJunkie

Rep. Roland Lemar D New Haven speaks in the House of Representatives

He met with Republican congressional leaders in the White House and hosted a dinner with Republican lawmakers Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton on Tuesday.

Even if health care legislation passed the Senate with only Republican votes, its ultimate passage would not be secured.

"We had a good, productive meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and congressional leadership", McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a joint statement after the meeting. Republicans' goal is to vote on the legislation before July 4, according to a person familiar with the discussion.

Therefore, Republicans are planning to hold a closed-door lunch today in which GOP leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will present senators with several options for what the bill could look like, according to The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).

"What's clear is we have to act", McConnell said. "We either go or we don't".

"The way to get companies to come back to these counties is to say you're going to do cost-sharing permanently", Schumer said. They can lose only two votes and still get a bill out of the Senate, assuming united Democratic opposition.

Asked more broadly about the challenges posed by the president going off-message on Twitter, Short countered that the president usually helps advance the White House agenda.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday that he doesn't think Republicans will pass a health-care bill in 2017, Bloomberg News reported.

"'Cause this is not like fine wine, it doesn't get better with age", he added with a laugh. "Well, let me suggest to you that we can't afford not to change our health care policies at a time like this". "Decisions have to start being made in order to get the package ready". But lawmakers emerging from the room were tight-lipped about what exactly is on the table.

A health bill in the Senate is still far from final, despite some Republicans saying they plan to pass it before the Fourth of July.

"There is a concerted effort and will be a concerted effort to stabilize the market", said Sen. The small print taketh away.

While aides said some details are starting to take shape, conservatives are already raising red flags.

WASHINGTON ― Republican senators appear closer to ultimately passing a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that would dramatically reduce health insurance coverage for low-income people, only in a less severe fashion than the House measure.

But no issue has proved more challenging than how to approach Medicaid, the half-century-old government safety-net plan for the poor that is a pillar of Obamacare's coverage expansion.

Lawmakers remain split over what to do about Medicaid. The House bill would freeze funding for the ACA Medicaid expansion in 2020, gradually winding down the program in the 31 states that expanded eligibility.

Democrats argue that ending the extra Medicaid expansion funds on a slower timetable, as the Senate bill appears poised to do, serves little objective and will simply take away Medicaid coverage at a later date.

Pre-existing conditions, which have been a major sticking point in the negotiation process, will be handled in a similar fashion to how they were handled in the House bill that was passed in early May, he indicated. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), whose state greatly benefits from the Medicaid expansion, and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who is up for a tough re-election contest in 2018.

The House plan would calculate funding for Medicaid year to year based off what is known as the Consumer Price Index based off the cost of medical care, a measurement that is more generous over time than the standard Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

McConnell said Tuesday that Republicans are nearing introduction of their health plan, but he gave no details and some members, including Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, said they're not expecting action on a bill anytime soon.

"There should be", Republican Sen. James E. Risch, Idaho Republican, told reporters.

"In all honesty, I think it's a stalled Congress", Sen.

The closest he might get to one is the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

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