Iowa GOP Sens: Healthcare Bill Won't Totally Repeal Obamacare

If they get to conference, House negotiators could cut spending from the Senate bills.

Now, larger shares fear the cost of health care for themselves or their families (45 percent), they're ability to acquire and keep coverage (34 percent) and the quality of that coverage (34 percent) would get worse under the GOP plan to scrap the law. This plea will not likely be effective as Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader has rejected this same idea earlier in May. "There's not a single senator in the majority who thinks we ought to change the legislative filibuster - not one", Mr. McConnell told reporters in April.

The House earmarks $181 million for raises for teachers and school administrators, compared with about $150 million in the Senate budget.

The bill spends the same amount next year as the Senate plan approved three weeks ago, or nearly $23 billion. If filibusters were eliminated entirely, it might be a little easier to pass these priorities, but Democratic opposition is not the source of the White House's problem.

The Senate is now weighing how to proceed, and whether to ignore the House and write its own bill from scratch.

"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!"

Democrats have so far shown no enthusiasm about joining in with Republicans on plans that would repeal parts of the ACA or chop tax rates for wealthy Americans. The measure relies on more than $5 billion in tax increases. While Republicans can pass both proposals without a Democrat supporting them, the GOP has struggled to reach a quick consensus on either issue. The House has also laid out changes to franchise tax, mill machinery tax, and the amount of mortgage interest that can be written off.

But the two chambers differ in several key areas that negotiators will begin to work through after the full House give its approval to the plan.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump tweeted about the health-care legislation that has already passed the House after a tough fight, which his own aides hope will not be tossed aside by the Senate in a bid to start from scratch. House legislators are seeking an increased to the standard deduction - money exempt from individual state taxes.

  • Larry Hoffman