How to fight the GOP health care bill’s ‘death spiral’
The Senate passed a sweeping package of Republican bills on Thursday that would reshape how Americans pay for health care, and they’re already being pushed through in an effort to secure support for their final bill in the GOP-led chamber.
But the bills aren’t likely to reach President Donald Trump’s desk, where he will likely sign them into law.
Instead, they’ll move through the House of Representatives and are expected to pass the Senate with support from Democrats.
The two chambers are expected soon to hold a conference committee, where Republicans will attempt to hash out their differences and hash out a final bill.
Trump has repeatedly said he will veto the bills.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is expected to announce his own deal, which could be the same as the Senate’s.
But Republicans say they want to avoid a “death spiral” of more GOP defections.
Trump and Ryan will likely have to reconcile their differences over how to advance the bill in order to have a chance of passing it.
Trump’s initial plan was to pass a bill in March, but he has since said he wants to wait until he has the votes.
Republicans have struggled to pass health care legislation in recent years, which has cost billions of dollars and created chaos in the insurance markets.
The House passed the GOP’s latest bill last week, and Senate Democrats are expected this week to introduce a bill that could be significantly different from the House’s.
The Senate’s bill would allow insurers to offer plans across state lines.
This means insurers could offer plans to individuals across the country, or it could allow insurers in every state to offer policies.