Senate GOP moderates signal openness to ending Medicaid expansion funding

As of right now, all we have to go on to decipher the contents of this bill are an assortment of rumors, leaks, and brusque remarks from Republican Senators who are determined that the general public know as little about what they're doing as possible.

While McConnell's recommendation appears to be the leading plan as of now, the issue is still being debated as conservatives want a lower growth rate for the per person funding cap and moderates are calling for a more gradual reduction in Medicaid funding reduction.

Moderate Republicans on Thursday said they were getting closer to supporting an emerging Senate health package but are continuing to press for a slower phaseout of the Medicaid expansion than the House-passed bill set out.

Fear is evidently centered on whether to keep some of Obamacare's "regulatory structure" and a "more generous wind-down" of Medicaid's expansion, with Paul's and Lee's potential "no" votes putting more pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make sure Sens.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters before the meeting that the administration was already working to pitch the idea of a single tax reform package with GOP House and Senate leaders, which lawmakers would take up after Labor Day.

In turn, they are asking for a delay in when that extra funding will end. The House bill sucked and they fixed it. Whether that's a larger trend among GOP centrists is not clear. Capito's spokeswoman said the senator "remains focused on affordability and giving states flexibility to operate their Medicaid programs". Senate Democrats blasted the Medicaid changes in the evolving Senate GOP bill as cosmetic. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has backed Medicaid expansion in her state, also spoke favorably of the emerging Senate bill, which is being written behind closed doors with no hearings planned.

"The Senate is going to dial things back in different ways and probably provide even more protections than the House bill did for pre-existing conditions protections". "It's just a matter of dollars, and dollars can be worked out even if no one likes the final arrangement", said Tom Miller, a conservative health policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute. "But we want to give him some ideas for constructive discussion".

The House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4 after weeks of negotiations and direct presidential involvement.

"I think we should repeal all of the Obamacare taxes", Toomey said. Gardner and emphasized the value of having more than 400,000 people covered under the Medicaid expansion, which has reduced uncompensated care by more than half and significantly reduced wasteful emergency room visits. "They all know they have to figure out how to do it".

  • Larry Hoffman