Trump expects Senate health care bill in summer

But there's growing momentum for a pivot to tax reform either way.

President Donald Trump summoned Republican leaders to the White House on Tuesday to discuss his summer legislative agenda, but progress is being stalled by the GOP's inability to fulfill its long promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

And key questions remain: Sen. Once Members of the House have marked up the individual bills, these would be brought to the floor as a package that the House could vote on before August recess, giving the Senate and House a chance to reach a funding agreement before September 30.

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. These are the very parts of the AHCA that were changed in order to garner just enough support to get the AHCA through the House, and changing them significantly is likely to make it problematic for Republicans to get support from members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Morning Group.

Other options that are on the table include how to structure tax credits. But these "high-risk pools", health experts say, have a mixed record. "This campaign will ensure constituents know the facts about the disastrous GOP healthcare bill and can hold their representatives accountable for its devastating impact upon local families' health care".

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said, "We have to get this done by the end of the July because then we need to get on to taxes in the fall". If they don't pull it off, it will matter.

When Independent Journal Review asked if he would vote for or against that bill, Graham chuckled.

Trump's renewed focus on his legislative agenda comes days before one of the most consequential moments in Trump's presidency, when Comey heads to Capitol Hill to testify about his conversations with Trump and memos he kept about requests the President made to him.

Republican leaders are pushing for a vote on a Senate health care bill by the end of June, an optimistic timeline that would allow the Senate to dispense with the issue one way or another.

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And the turn to tax reform is a strategy that seems to gain steam in the Senate.

Speaking at the White House Tuesday to Republican House and Senate leaders, Trump is lauding the "very, very long and hard negotiation" to get his health care bill through the House.

The Senate requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation but Republican Mike Enzi, head of the Senate Budget Committee, said the health bill that passed the House qualifies for an expedited process that would require only 51 votes.

Behind the scenes, the idea of auto-enrollment has become a flash point for conservatives who say it's no different than a mandate. The bill would also reduce federal deficits by $119 billion between 2017 and 2026, according to the analysis. "It doesn't matter what the objective of changing the tax code is in the reconciliation context".

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), as well as Ryan, have taken a lot of flak for proposing the border adjustment tax, which would essentially make it more expensive for firms to export products to the United States while creating new incentives for US companies to export outside the country.

"I've got plan B out there and I'm trying to do all the thoughtful work and getting genuine input to actually have a backup plan", Johnson said. "We are still supportive of tax reform, but I am also saying to you that what we believe is most important to get the economy going is a tax cut".

"They'll fix Obamacare, and I shouldn't have called it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen", Boehner said.

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". Revenue neutrality, Graham argued, would cause the tax cut to be "anemic".

The committee sent a letter last week to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), asking the agency to provide information on its fiscal 2015 and 2016 audits of hospitals and other covered providers.

"Failure is not an option on Obamacare repeal", Sen.

Republicans, including John Thune of South Dakota and Susan Collins of ME, say stabilizing the markets is vital after insurers dropped out of providing individual insurance coverage in Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee and other states.

"The areas we have consensus on?"