That won over a block of hardline conservative votes but led to an ugly Congressional Budget Office report that found that sick Americans would pay drastically higher costs.
That is becoming a growing political problem for Republican lawmakers, as polls indicate that Americans increasingly hold the GOP responsible for the fate of the nation's insurance markets.
President Donald Trump and GOP leaders insisted Tuesday the Senate will vote soon on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare". They want to turn to tax reform, but for legislative procedural reasons they have to pass a budget through both the House and Senate first - not an inconsequential feat.
Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, said most members of his party supported the Iran bill, but that they would only agree to let it go ahead because they expected it would be amended to include "a strong package" of new sanctions on Russian Federation as well.
That's just one of the issues that will create a calendar crunch. But it's still far from a guarantee that they will have the votes they need. "They don't have the capacity even without the Russian Federation investigation".
GOP moderates in the Senate are open to ending federal funding for ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion, but want a longer deadline for ending the additional funding than their leadership has proposed.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wouldn't answer questions but it seems unlikely that he would support the direction of the Senate GOP bill, which is nothing like the complete repeal that Paul was proposing earlier this year. Last Thursday, the liberal California state Senate voted to support a plan calling for the enactment of a single-payer system. "Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, have signaled support for some version of universal government care". One said he expected to hold a vote on a bill even if it lacked the support to pass, underscoring a growing desire to bring a hard debate to a close one way or the other. Lindsey Graham of SC, who prefers that the law collapse and force a bipartisan solution.
Trump said Tuesday that the tax cut would be "the biggest in our country's history if we pass it the way we'd like it passed".
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The existence of the tax credits is a deal breaker for Sen.
The health bill is now under 2017 budget reconciliation instructions, and Republicans are hoping to pass 2018 budget reconciliation instructions for tax reform.
Smucker also says this bill puts the responsibility back on states, "where it belongs". But the broad outline discussed among members points to a slower phaseout of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion than the House bill entails and a shifting of tax credits from younger people to older people. Republicans haven't drafted legislative language on the thorniest issues, and there's no consensus on how to proceed on some major sticking points in the bill.
Cornyn and Thune made their comments as they walked in and out of a late-afternoon meeting in McConnell's office that included other key GOP senators.
Even then, the lines are not always clear.
As for action on health care, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen.
Faced with a Senate bill, the House would have several options: It could simply vote yes on the legislation. With only so many hours to work each week, the controversies have forced Republicans to spend time responding to Trump stories and protecting the party, leaving them largely unable to move legislation through a contentious Congress.
"Many in Washington and the media look at the vast health crises that we have facing Tennessee and the country today and they say, 'we can't afford to change our nation's health care policies at a time like this, '" Price said at the event by Healthy Tennessee and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
"We had a good, productive meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and congressional leadership", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a joint statement Tuesday.