4. There will be pressure from President Trump for action. For months, Senators wondered if the House would produce any bill, raising the possibility that health care overhaul would go nowhere. But now, as the headline accurately said in the Washington Post, the Senate has the hot potato when it comes to health care, as now there will be some pressure brought to bear on Republicans in the Senate to produce their own plan. "It's time to fix this broken system!" President Trump tweeted on Friday. Even if you don't like what the House approved, Mr. Trump can certainly use the bully pulpit to press Senators into action as well. "We're going to get this passed through the Senate," the President declared on Thursday from the White House Rose Garden. Stay tuned.
5. The Congressional Budget Office will weigh in soon. While the House was able to vote on a health care overhaul bill without a final review from the CBO, the rules in the Senate are more restrictive - that would not be allowed. Sometime in the next two weeks, it's expected that the CBO will issue a report on the final version of the House health bill, which should indicate that the expected savings are lower, maybe below $100 billion over ten years. "CBO will also almost certainly show that the House GOP bill spends more than the previous version," said Larry Levitt, a top official with the Kaiser Family Foundation. What the CBO states could have a big impact on the type of changes that Senate Republicans might have to consider.
House members are back in their districts this coming week - we'll see how many of them hold town hall meetings with voters - and what the reaction is to the GOP health plan.