GOP Healthcare Plan

Kevin Willis, WKU Public Radio

As the U.S. House and Senate return Tuesday from summer recess, a Kentucky congressman says lawmakers need to turn their attention to two major budgetary items.

Women have a lot at stake in the fight over the future of health care.

Becca Schimmel, WKU Public Radio

Congressman Brett Guthrie said he’s not sure if his Republican colleagues in the Senate will be able to repeal and replace Obamacare this year. He made these comments at a town hall style gathering Wednesday in Bowling Green.

Updated on Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. ET

President Trump is continuing to voice his frustration with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, tweeting on Thursday that the Kentucky Republican should "get back to work" after last month's failure to pass a health care alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

U.S. Congressman James Comer described the status and goals of Republican-led health care reform, 'hyper-partisanship,' tax reform and infrastructure plans on the horizon, achievements in deregulation and 'business-friendliness' and other topics at a town hall in Hickman County on Thursday. 

Senate Republicans don't appear to be too worried about President Trump's latest round of threats.

In a moment of unexpected high drama, Republicans were stymied once again in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — and they have John McCain to thank for it.

In the early morning hours Friday, the senator showed why he earned the nickname "Maverick" over his long tenure.

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

The Republican's seven year quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act descended into chaos Thursday night as the Senate prepared for an unwieldy, all-night session.

Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a "skinny repeal" that would roll back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But health policy analysts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success.

Senate Republicans have at least narrowed the options on what comes next for the Affordable Care Act — casting two separate votes since Tuesday that knocked out a "repeal-only" proposal and rejected a plan for replacement.

So, as lawmakers resume debate on Thursday, they will be staring at basically one possibility: a so-called "skinny repeal" that would surgically remove some key provisions from Obamacare, while leaving the rest intact — at least for now.

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