But as the insurance markets created by the law continue to show signs of turmoil and as deadlines near for insurance companies to file rates for fiscal 2018, any hope for a bipartisan fix has largely faded.
We are fortunate to live in a state with intelligent, caring representatives in the House and Senate, but they still need to hear our voices.
Faced with a Senate bill, the House would have several options: It could simply vote yes on the legislation.
Keeping the community rating provision isn't expected to sit well with conservatives who have argued that Republicans need to repeal as many Obamacare regulations as possible in order to lower premiums.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's 13-member health care working group has gotten a lot of attention.
Earlier, GOP senators emerged from a lunch meeting with Vice President Mike Pence claiming they were finally nearing consensus on their long-promised legislation to undo major portions of the health overhaul approved seven years ago by Democrats and President Barack Obama. McConnell told reporters, "We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor".
Cornyn said he suspects the upper chamber will resolve the health care issue "in the next few weeks" and that lawmakers have "no choice" but to tackle it since, he said, "Obamacare is in meltdown".
"Without true competition and choice in the market, we will never be able to lower health care costs for families and small businesses", Sen.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Republicans have expressed differences on the Medicaid portion of the bill.. "What they're pursuing is a loser strategy because they don't want to vote for the House bill ... and they're unwilling to give up the basic architecture of the House bill".
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House Speaker Paul Ryan's American Health Care Act narrowly passed the House. But Senate GOP members weren't talking about timetables. "It's time for our friends on the other side of the aisle to get serious about moving beyond the problems of Obamacare".
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.
On Tuesday, Anthem Inc., a major health insurer, announced it would not offer plans in the OH individual exchange in 2018, leaving up to 20 counties without any insurer participation in the marketplace next year.
While in Nashville, Price spoke to health care professionals, executives and public officials near the start of a two-day conference at Vanderbilt University's First Amendment Center. "It's got to stop", Ohio Sen.
He said that from the late 1990s until about a decade ago, Tennessee's TennCare program, the state's version of Medicaid, was a walking illustration of an unsustainable program.
McConnell has made it increasingly clear to his members that his preference is to deal with the issue before July to avoid weighing down the rest of Republicans' agenda.
"Democrats are trying to blame the failures of Obamacare on anything but the broken health care law itself".
"Of course, it's not everything I want", Cassidy said of the general talks, "but that's life".
The Senate's efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act have been extremely opaque.
Still, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said the Senate's approach would strike a better compromise than the House did, by giving states the ability to come up with their own new restrictions on Medicaid.