Senate GOP floats scaled-down healthcare bill


http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/343611-senate-gop-floats-scaled-down-healthcare-bill

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Senate Republicans are considering passing a dramatically scaled-down version of their ObamaCare repeal bill as a way to pass something and set up negotiations with the House, according to GOP aides.

The measure, known as a “skinny bill,” is intended to be something all Republicans can agree on, allowing something to pass and setting up a conference committee with the House.

Aides say the scaled-down bill would likely just repeal ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax.

That would be a far narrower measure than the most recent Senate replacement bill, which also scaled down ObamaCare’s subsidies and cut Medicaid.

The consideration of the scaled-down measure is a sign of how much trouble Senate Republicans are having coming to agreement on any more significant bill.

A Senate GOP aide said leadership pitched their office on the scaled-down bill on Monday.

The scaled-down bill is expected to come after votes, which are expected to fail, on both a repeal-only measure and the latest replacement bill.

Republicans would also need to gather enough votes to start debate, and it is still unclear if they have those votes.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, floated a conference committee with the House on Monday evening.

“I think if you want to get a result that may be a selling point,” Cornyn said.

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