Senate GOP's Obamacare replacement bill is 'very liberal'

Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns left and House Finance Chair Eric Nelson left during the conference committee's first meeting Wednesday

"What a great team this is", Trump said ahead of Tuesday's meeting.

"At the core of this agenda is repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare", said Trump, who dined later Tuesday with House and Senate Republicans.

"The leader would like to do this soon", Senator Orrin Hatch told reporters.

"I think that the president is often very effective in driving our message in Congress, and I think that's why you're going to see him engaged the way he is this week", Short said.

Yet a number of Republicans have been pessimistic about the effort over the past month.

"We're ready to land this airplane", Sen.

President Trump began the week by taking to Twitter to criticize London's mayor, his own Justice Department, and the media. "We're still a ways off". Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday.

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Senate leaders laid out several concepts for Republican senators at a closed-door policy lunch meeting on Tuesday that they say could help build consensus. After observing a slideshow prepared by leadership, Sen. "I'm on the budget committee and I don't know", he said Tuesday.

"It's very cognizant of preexisting conditions". One is that some senators from states that have expanded Medicaid - there are 20 GOP senators from such states - are balking at the Medicaid cuts in the House bill. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

He did not set a firm deadline for the vote, but Republicans are impatient with the lack of progress and political quicksand the bill is creating and want the Senate to either act quickly on health care or move on to other business.

The House healthcare bill could result in 23 million people losing insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

But the Senate bill could face other issues across Capitol Hill if the chamber's leaders keep community rating.

Of course, "Obamacare" was not flawless, but if Smucker truly wanted to ensure that all Americans have access to "quality, affordable health care" as he claims, he would work to fix those problems, rather than shred the gains we have made and give massive tax cuts to those who least need them.

Even if a bill does make it through the Senate, that doesn't bring Congress any closer to successfully completing the "repeal and replace" process that it undertook just three months ago, and there's no guarantee it will succeed.

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The House bill would slash more than $800 billion in federal Medicaid spending over the next decade, rolling back the expansion and capping future federal aid to states.

But no issue has proved more challenging than how to approach Medicaid, the half-century-old government safety-net plan for the poor that is a pillar of Obamacare's coverage expansion.

The Senate has rejected the House's initial offer in negotiations over a final version of Louisiana's budget.

Republicans know they are not invincible to political pressures: Health care and tax reform were always going to be politically hard issues for Republicans in vulnerable congressional seats, and delaying negotiations only raises the stakes. Additionally, the House is supposed to be considering and putting together some kind of comprehensive tax reform bill even though, so far, all they've gotten from the White House so far is a list of talking points that don't come anywhere close to being what is needed for them to even start considering the matter at the committee level.

"I don't think this gets better over time", said Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri. Trump praised the House for passing its own health care bill and encouraged the Senate to "follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer".

Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic healthcare law since it was enacted in 2010.Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice.

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