Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Senate to Delay August Recess to Buy Time for Legislation

Senate to Delay August Recess to Buy Time for Legislation

"The onetime presidential candidate said, "(In the latest version) we are keeping more of the Obamacare taxes ... and keeping more of the Obamacare subsidies and adding $70 billion to the insurance bailout superfund".

Amid calls from both parties for a bipartisan approach to health reform, 54 percent of Republican voters want GOP leaders to work with Democrats, while 39 percent want them to work exclusively with other Republicans. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, have an amendment which would let insurance companies sell any health insurance plan they wish as long as they also offer at least one plan that is compliant with all of the coverage mandates outlined in Obamacare.

Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate and need 51 "yes" votes for the motion to proceed.

"Based on what I heard, it looks like the bill has largely been tweaked rather than overhauled and I was hoping for an overhaul", she told reporters Tuesday.

Moderate senators are uneasy about the millions of people forecast to lose their medical insurance under the legislation and hard-line conservatives say it leaves too much of Obamacare intact. Surprise, it turns out to be a massive $800 billion tax cut for the rich that they pretend is a health care bill.

"The Republican plan doesn't fix Obamacare". Susan Collins, R-Maine, who remains opposed to the bill.

Pakistan reviewing visa application of Kulbhushan's mother
However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. He was sentenced to death earlier this year for espionage and involvement in terror activities in the country.

With opposition growing, and McConnell postponing the Senate's August recess by two weeks to allow more time to bring skeptical lawmakers on board and salvage Donald Trump's top legislative priority, the president used his bully pulpit to urge fellow Republicans to rally round the effort.

Republicans in the Senate released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their plan to overhaul the USA healthcare system.

A cost estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to be released early next week.

The Affordable Care Act is still in effect, though Congress is working to find an alternative to the law.

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Tim Scott of SC all publicly said Thursday they hadn't decided whether to back McConnell's reworked bill. "And I think right now we're just trying to find the sweet spot", Thune said.

Amodei says neither version of the bill will repeal and replace the ACA, but it will change it.

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