Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, July 24, 2017 10:41:12 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

GOP will work on repealing, replacing health law : Ryan

photo by

By
12th-Jan-2017       Readers ( 118 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

AP, Washington :
 Republicans will work on unraveling and replacing the health care law at the same time, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday as GOP leaders struggled to align their zeal to rapidly erase one of President Barack Obama's proudest achievements with Congress' legislative and political pitfalls.
Ryan, R-Wis., spoke to reporters amid growing concern among Republican lawmakers about erasing Obama's overhaul -which expanded coverage to 20 million people - without having an alternative to show voters. Republicans have been divided for years over how to replace the statute, and the process of crafting replacement legislation they can unify behind is likely to take months or longer.
"It is our goal to bring it all together concurrently," Ryan said.
"We will pass as much as we can" initially, Ryan said. He said Republicans would then produce a second bill to "show you the full scope of what a real replacement effort looks like."
President-elect Donald Trump has said he supports erasing Obama's law and replacing it simultaneously. Congressional leaders had said in recent weeks that they would quickly repeal the statute and with a delayed effective date, and then work on replacing it.
According to Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., Ryan told Republicans Tuesday that "he had a conversation yesterday with Donald Trump, and they're on the same page."
As if on cue, both of Congress' top Republicans used a similar phrase on Tuesday.
"For people across the country, repeal means relief," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor.
And at a closed-door meeting Tuesday, Ryan told House Republicans, "Repeal is relief," according to Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.
GOP leaders have made dismantling Obama's treasured health care overhaul their premier 2017 priority. But at least six GOP senators and some House members have expressed qualms about repeal without having a substitute.
The Senate and House are expected to approve a GOP-written budget this week that will serve a crucial procedural purpose - blocking Democrats from using a Senate filibuster to derail a future bill dismantling the health care statute. That's important because filibusters take 60 votes to halt in a chamber that Republicans control by only a 52-48 margin.
Republicans plan to then write legislation erasing much of the health care law and adding some new elements they prefer, perhaps including expanded use of health savings accounts.
But Senate rules limit the provisions that can be put into a bill that's protected against a filibuster. That means Republicans would need a second, subsequent bill to fully rewrite the health care law, and that measure would need at least eight Democratic votes to pass the Senate.
Even if Congress passed repeal rapidly, Republicans say they would phase it in, perhaps over two or three years. Republicans don't want to be vulnerable to Democrats already accusing them of preparing to tear down the statute without knowing how or if they'll replace it.
"Turn back before it's too late," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor late Monday as Democrats lambasted Republicans with five-and-a-half hours of speeches. "It will damage your party, and it will hurt millions of Americans, far more importantly."
The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, has required people to obtain coverage. It also created subsidies to help lower-earning people buy policies and expanded Medicaid, but the overhaul has been troubled by rising costs for many consumers and markets that some insurers abandoned.
The burgeoning Republican divisions come as the GOP-led Senate pushed toward a final vote this week on a budget that would prevent Democrats from using a filibuster to block a later repealing Obama's overhaul.
Republicans voicing a desire to work on repeal and replacement together include Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
The budget gives congressional committees until Jan. 27 to produce legislation annulling much of the health care law, although consequences for missing that deadline are minor.
Corker, Collins and three other GOP senators introduced a budget amendment delaying that target date until March 3. Corker said that would provide "additional time to get the policy right."
Besides health care, senators are focused this week on confirmation hearings for Trump's Cabinet picks.
In Tuesday's initial hearings, committees were examining Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Trump's selection for attorney general, and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, his choice for homeland security secretary. Seven others were set for hearings this week.
Also Tuesday, a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing explored spy agencies' conclusion that Russia meddled in the U.S. election by hacking and distributing Democratic party emails to help Trump win the White House.

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

International »

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit


AP, London :Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Nick Hopkinson thinks it's a nightmare.The two Britons - a "leave" supporter and a "remainer" - represent the great divide in a country that stepped into the unknown just over a year ago, ...

Editorial »

Dhaka needs more space to ease traffic congestion


ACCORDING to a report published by a renowned foreign specialist and a researcher on modern Dhaka - it was revealed that one of the main reasons for increased congestion experienced in the roads and communications system in Dhaka is because of its messy expansion on all the four corners. The ...

City »

Students of the city`s Motijheel Ideal School and College showing victory (V) sign on its campus on Sunday for their brilliant results in the HSC examination.


Football »

Neymar dazzles as Barcelona down Juventus


AFP, United States : Neymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to a gargantuan, world record ...

Football »

De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United: Mourinho


AFP, Santa Clara :Jose Mourinho has given a "guarantee" that David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the long-running saga over a potential move to Real Madrid.Transfer speculation over De Gea returning to hometown club Real has stretched on for the last two years, ever since ...

Entertainment »

Nabila Islam busy with Eid works


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Promising actress Nabila Islam went to Malaysia on July 8 to take part in shooting of three Eid plays and an ongoing TV serial. After taking part in shooting there for 14 days at a time she has returned to Bangladesh on Sunday.There she took part in ...

Entertainment »

Lipstick Under My Burkha creating new success economics: Anubhav Sinha


Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has lauded director Alankrita Shrivastavas new film Lipstick Under My Burkha, stating that the movie will create a new success economics in Bollywood. Lipstick Under My Burkha, which struggled for certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) earlier this year over its sexual scenes and ...

Editorial »

Police are for fighting crimes and not for guarding official buildings


ANOTHER rape victim succumbed to her injuries after being rescued from a city hotel on Wednesday following two other rape incidents at another hotel in the capital's posh localities. Concurrently, five people were arrested in two separate cases for killing two girls after rape in Dhaka's Kadamtali. The incident of ...

Football »

Dempsey at home 1 goal from record, US team in Gold Cup semi


AP, Arlington :Clint Dempsey is back in his home state of Texas, one goal away from a national scoring record for the United States team that is one win from playing in another CONCACAF Gold Cup final.The Americans play a semifinal game Saturday night against Costa Rica in a stadium ...

International »

May to stay as PM until at least 2020, close ally predicts


Reuters, London :British transport minister Chris Grayling, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's closest cabinet colleagues, has predicted she will remain in the job until at least 2020 and could even fight another national election.Following reports of cabinet infighting, Grayling said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, published on ...

Sports »

Bolt on right path to world 100m defence


AFP, Monaco :Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt insists he is on the right path as he targets the defence of his 100m crown at next month's world championships in London. In his swansong season, the 30-year-old has struggled to light up the track. In his outings over the blue riband ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanging pleasantries with Hajj pilgrims at the inauguration of Hajj activities at Ashkona Hajj Camp in the city on Saturday.


Entertainment »

When Mimi was nowhere to be found


Tolly Bffs, Nusrat and Mimi, were recently in California attending an awards ceremony. When we got in touch with Mimi to ask how her trip was, the actress shared with us an anecdote that we can’t get over! It so happened that Mimi and Nusrat were out and about one ...

Editorial »

People affected by flood and river erosion need immediate help


RIVER erosion in many parts of the country is making countless people homeless across the country as floodwater started receding. Media reports said monsoon rains caused havoc to flood affected districts like Sirajganj, Chapainawabganj, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat and river bank erosion now follows to add further miseries to the people ...

Entertainment »

Lopa renders song with Asif Akbar for first time


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :From many days there was a good relationship between popular singer Asif Akbar and singer and news presenter Lopa Hossain. When Lopa took part in music reality show Close up 1 from that time Asif liked her music. But they never got the scope to work together. ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news