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 HatchJudiciary Dems say GOP treating Kavanaugh accuser worse than Anita Hill Dem vows to probe 'why the FBI stood down' on Kavanaugh Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh 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 CassidyOvernight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens MORE (La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday 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 WydenHillicon Valley: NYT says Rosenstein wanted to wear wire on Trump | Twitter bug shared some private messages | Vendor put remote-access software on voting machines | Paypal cuts ties with Infowars | Google warned senators about foreign hacks Overnight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop Google says senators' Gmail accounts targeted by foreign hackers 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.