Senate GOP aiming for vote this month on health legislation

"It's become painfully clear that Obamacare is failing to live up to its promises", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that Trump was "sabotaging" the health care law. We believe new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will be good not only for the FDA, but also for the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

Another key Republican also expressed optimism.

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. "We want a system that incentivizes innovation and we want a system that empowers patients through transparency and accountability in choices", Price said. Crafting a bill that can pass the Senate, however, will be more hard and could meet significant delays, in our opinion.

Republican leaders are pushing for a vote on a Senate health care bill by the end of June, an optimistic timeline that would allow the Senate to dispense with the issue one way or another. A 13-member working group of Senate Republicans includes lawmakers with varying views.

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.

Barring states from being able to repeal as many regulations as the House bill does would be a problem down the line if the Senate and House must reconcile their two bills.

After weeks of wheel spinning, the Senate returned from the Memorial Day recess on Tuesday with a sudden surge of hope that the 52-member GOP majority could somehow strike a compromise in the coming month. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Republican leader in the Senate, told Axios.

Acting as if he had not just been told what to say, Hatch, the longest-serving Republican Senator in USA history, told McCaskill, "I don't know if there's going to be another hearing but we've invited you to participate and give your ideas".

On Tuesday, Anthem Inc., a major health insurer, announced it would not offer plans in the OH individual exchange in 2018, leaving up to 20 counties without any insurer participation in the marketplace next year.

GOP House and Senate leaders met with President Donald Trump at the White House after the Senate lunch. Congressional Republicans are eager to move beyond health care in order to take up tax reform and FY2018 federal government funding.

"They laid out the goals and then different ideas on how we achieve them and we are working on how to build consensus to get to the right mix on 50-plus votes", said North Dakota Sen. The small print taketh away.

The ObamaCare push in the Senate follows the House passing its version, which congressional analysts say would end health-care coverage for an estimated 23 million Americans.

No, I mean on the proposal you're planning to bring to the Senate floor for a vote. Gov. John Bel Edwards says the House proposal would send students "to institutions with inferior funding and educational opportunities".

Also Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee reported that the House measure meets requirements to allow the Senate GOP to avoid a Democratic filibuster and pass a health bill with a simple majority.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released new statistics Tuesday that showed the House bill would shift costs to states which expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

Senator Bill Cassidy said the plan offered more protections than the House bill for people who already have pre-existing illnesses when they apply for insurance coverage - a major point of contention.

In recent days, a procession of GOP senators has paraded forth and declared in somber tones that the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare may be failing. Wyden said he has little reason to think Senate Republicans will abandon the House bill's general framework.