Finance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill

Finance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill
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The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing Monday on the latest effort to repeal ObamaCare as Republicans eye a potential vote next week. 

“A hearing will allow members on both sides of the aisle to delve deeper into its policy and gain a better understanding of what the authors hope to achieve,” Finance Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRaces to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Senate panel to hold hearing next week for Trump IRS nominee On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending MORE (R-Utah) said in a statement.

He noted that senators “have expressed a strong desire” to hold a public hearing on the bill. 

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The legislation from GOP Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — House passes opioid bill | Planned Parenthood sues over teen pregnancy program | Azar to face Senate next week On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Supreme Court allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers | Judge finds consumer bureau structure unconstitutional | Banks clear Fed stress tests MORE (La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate panel advances three spending bills Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official MORE (R-S.C.) is gaining momentum in the Senate ahead of an end-of-month deadline for Republicans to try to nix the Affordable Care Act with a simple majority. 

After September 30, Republicans would have to get through a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, which is an almost certain insurmountable obstacle.

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenScrutiny ramps up over Commerce secretary's stock moves Hillicon Valley: Justices require warrants for cellphone location data | Amazon employees protest facial recognition tech sales | Uber driver in fatal crash was streaming Hulu | SpaceX gets contract to launch spy satellite On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Supreme Court allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers | Judge finds consumer bureau structure unconstitutional | Banks clear Fed stress tests MORE (D-Ore.), the panel’s ranking member, said on the Senate floor that he was not consulted about the hearing.

“Contrary to the norms of the Senate Finance Committee, I was not consulted in this matter as the ranking Democrat,” he said. 

The Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal much of ObamaCare, ending funding for Medicaid’s expansion and the healthcare law’s subsidies that help people buy insurance. In their place, block grants would be given to states.

The bill does not appear to have the 50 votes needed for passage, though its supporters say it is garnering support. If it can get to 50, Vice President Pence could break a tie vote.

The Finance Committee is the second Senate panel to announce they will have a hearing related to the new GOP ObamaCare repeal bill. 

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next week on using block grants to try to reduce healthcare costs. 

GOP leadership came under criticism, including from some members of their own caucus, for not holding a public hearing on their initial ObamaCare repeal and replace effort that failed in July.