White House meets with lawmakers to push healthcare vote

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President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

President Trump called on Senate and House lawmakers to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act during a meeting yesterday at the White House.

The administration previously asked for the Senate to repeal the ACA by July 28. The House approved its version of the bill in early May.

Some GOP lawmakers are pushing for an even earlier vote, if only to set aside more time for a tax-code revamp.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said a Senate vote is possible before July 4.

“I think we'll get to where we having something to vote on, and I would hope that we'll get to where we have 50 votes plus the vice president,” Thune said. But even Republicans remain unsure whether the measure has enough support to pass.

“I just don't think we can put it together among ourselves,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

Although the GOP is getting closer to consensus on premium reductions and tax subsidies, Medicaid remains a sticking point. Opinions are divided about when to roll back Medicaid expansion provisions contained in the current law, as well as overall funding cuts.

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