Politics The Latest: McConnell to unveil revised health bill Thursday

01:15  12 july  2017
01:15  12 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Top U.S. Senate Republican to unveil revised healthcare plan

  Top U.S. Senate Republican to unveil revised healthcare plan The top U.S. Senate Republican said on Tuesday he would unveil a revised version of major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump on Thursday but deep divisions within the party left the stalled bill's prospects uncertain.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would take steps to begin debate and hold a vote on the reformulated plan next week, but did not disclose any of the changes to legislation that some Republican moderates and hard-line conservatives have opposed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local)

FILE - In this June 30, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, speaks in Elizabethtown, Ky. The number of people without health insurance in the U.S. has grown by nearly 2 million this year, according to a major new survey. It may foreshadow deeper coverage losses if Republican legislation passes Congress and estimates of its impact prove accurate. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)© The Associated Press FILE - In this June 30, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, speaks in Elizabethtown, Ky. The number of people without health insurance in the U.S. has grown by nearly 2 million this year, according to a major new survey. It may foreshadow deeper coverage losses if Republican legislation passes Congress and estimates of its impact prove accurate. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

UPDATE: Leading Senate Republican says revised GOP health care bill will likely retain Obama tax boosts on wealthier Americans.

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EARLIER: WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local):

Trump says he'll be 'angry' if Senate health care bill flops

  Trump says he'll be 'angry' if Senate health care bill flops President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will be "very angry" if the Senate fails to pass a revamped Republican health care bill and said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must "pull it off," intensifying pressure on party leaders laboring to preserve the teetering measure.Trump's remarks came a day before McConnell, R-Ky., planned to release his revised legislation to a closed-door meeting of GOP senators. The new legislation eases some of the initial Medicaid cuts and makes other changes aimed at nailing down support. But internal GOP disputes over insurance coverage requirements and other issues still linger.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.

The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local) 2:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.

2:20 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.

McConnell also told reporters on Tuesday that he expects the analysts at the Congressional Budget Office to provide its assessment early next week.

Senate GOP leaders are struggling to come up with legislation to erase much of Democrat Barack Obama's health care law, but Republicans remain divided over the bill.

McConnell laid out the schedule shortly after announcing that the Senate will delay its recess two weeks to work on legislation, including a defense bill, and nominations.

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1:45 p.m.

The Republican leader says the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of the month.

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The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local) 2:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.

The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.

In a statement Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the delay is necessary to complete work on legislation and deal with Trump administration nominees. McConnell complained about the lack of cooperation from Democrats on the nominations.

The Senate had been scheduled to begin its five-week recess on July 31. The delay would push it to the week of Aug. 14.

McConnell said that once the Senate "completes its work on health care reform," it would deal with the defense policy bill and nominations.

It's possible the Senate could recess earlier.

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10:50 a.m.

A long-time Senate Republican says he's "very pessimistic" that GOP senators will settle their differences and push a health care bill through the chamber.

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley made the comment Tuesday as party leaders were strategizing for a vote on their legislation next week. The bill will fail if three of the 52 GOP senators vote no, and far more than that have voiced opposition to their initial bill.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week. July 11, 2017, at 3:06 p.m.

Grassley said Republicans have been pledging for years to repeal President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. He says there are consequences if lawmakers don't deliver on campaign promises, and he says, "there ought to be."

Over the weekend, Grassley tweeted that Republicans would lose their Senate majority if they don't pass a health care overhaul.

Grassley spoke on the Fox News Channel.

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10:20 a.m.

A maverick Republican senator is warning party leaders against striking a compromise with Democrats should the GOP health care bill collapse.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says if Republicans took that step, conservative voters would rebel.

Paul spoke Tuesday on the Fox News Channel as top Republicans hope to stage a climactic vote next week on their bill erasing much of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Internal Republican differences have left the measure's fate in question.

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is suggesting changes aimed at winning enough GOP votes to prevail. The measure will lose if just three of the 52 GOP senators oppose it.

McConnell has said if the bill collapses, he'd focus on writing a more limited bill. It would likely require Democratic support.

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4:24 a.m.

Republican leaders want to stage a climactic vote on their health care bill next week. But internal rifts over issues like coverage requirements and Medicaid cuts leave the timing and even the measure's fate unclear.

Some Republicans said Monday that a revised version of their bill erasing much of President Barack Obama's health care law could be introduced Thursday. And No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said the goal was for a vote next week.

Cornyn cited seven years of unresolved Republican debate over how to replace the 2010 statute. That underscored a sense among top Republicans that they had little to gain by letting their disputes drag on much further.

Consensus on a replacement seemed more remote than ever as senators returned from July 4 recess.

The Latest: Senator says he may not back health care bill .
The Latest on the congressional effort to overhaul the national health care law (all times local):6:55 p.m.A third Republican senator is signaling he may not back his party's health care bill when it finally comes to a vote. That puts the high-profile legislation in deep jeopardy.Conservative Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he's spoken to colleagues and confirmed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said future Medicaid cuts planned by the health care measure will "never happen."Johnson tells reporters such comments are "troubling" and "a real breach of trust.

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