Speculation that Republican Senate leaders will draft a health care bill that is hugely different than the measure that passed the House is "vastly overstated," Tom Miller, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said.
The U.S. House could vote as early as this week on a revised health care bill following the filing of amendments designed to bridge the gap between different camps that led to an earlier version being pulled before a vote.
Advocates for cancer patients will closely monitor the debate over the future of health care, with the goal of persuading lawmakers to ensure any changes will not impact those needing treatment and services, including preventive care.
The nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration faced questions today over his business connections to health care and pharmaceutical companies and promised lawmakers he would be an "impartial and passionate advocate for public health."
Although the American Health Care Act (AHCA) did not have enough votes to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives, low income and older people would have likely incurred higher penalties, according to a study by one Washington consulting firm.
Legislation designed to tie U.S. Postal Service retiree health care plans more closely with Medicare could needlessly saddle seniors with two insurance premiums, according to one health policy expert who has studied a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.