Finance Committee announces healthcare hearing in September

Finance Committee announces healthcare hearing in September
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah) announced Thursday that the panel will hold a healthcare hearing in September, in the wake of a failed vote on repeal of ObamaCare.

The hearing will be a chance for members of both parties to discuss the healthcare law, and it comes amid calls for a return to regular order and the committee process.

The Health Committee is expected to take the lead role in crafting a bipartisan bill aimed at stabilizing the ObamaCare marketplaces, but the announcement indicates that the Finance Committee, which shares jurisdiction on healthcare, will also discuss the issue.

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Still, Hatch noted that the “main priority” of the committee in the fall will be tax reform.

“We’ve also heard a lot of demands from members of the committee for a healthcare hearing,” Hatch said at the opening of a Finance Committee hearing on Thursday. “I intend to do that as well at some point shortly after the recess.”

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Grassley announces opposition to key Trump proposal to lower drug prices MORE (Ore.), the top Democrat on the panel, responded that he was “glad” that Hatch had announced the hearing.

Hatch also said there will be a separate hearing in September on reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which needs to be reapproved before a deadline of Sept. 30.

That program has long had bipartisan support, though it is possible it could get entangled in politics if lawmakers try to attach other priorities to it.