U.S. News and World Report — Pence to join Senate Republican leaders in health care push
Republican leaders were in a fierce push on Tuesday to shore up support for a healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said 22 million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the measure. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to travel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to join Senate Republicans for a policy lunch before hosting a key conservative senator for dinner. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will continue meeting on-the-fence senators who face questions from their governors and state Medicaid officials about potential cuts to the government insurance program for the poor and disabled, lawmakers said.
The Hill — Pediatricians’ group ‘deeply alarmed’ at EPA’s pesticide decision
A national group representing pediatricians says the Environmental Protection Agency put children at significant risk by refusing to restrict uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. In a letter Tuesday to EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the Environmental Working Group, accused the EPA of ignoring its own findings that chlorpyrifos poses specific risks to children, infants and developing fetuses.
NPR — GOP Senate bill would cut health care coverage by 22 million
Congressional forecasters say a Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026. That’s only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May. Monday’s report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could give moderate senators concerned about health care coverage pause. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was quick to register her opposition to the bill. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote on the bill this week, before senators head home for the July Fourth recess. With Senate Democrats united in opposition, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes on their side and still pass the bill.
The Washington Post — Senate leaders try to bolster GOP health care bill with incentive for consumers to stay
Senate leaders worked Monday to modify their plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, adding a provision that would penalize consumers for not keeping their plans, by imposing a six-month waiting provision before they could re-enroll. The change, intended to satisfy insurers and minimize the number of Americans who may drop their plans if the bill becomes law, received measured praise from some industry officials but sharp criticism from patient advocates.