Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 9:23
Conservatives believe that in order to do that, Senate Republicans need to repeal numerous Obamacare regulations including community rating, which bars insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their health care coverage.
"Even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing a bill in this working group, it's not being written by us", the senator continued. The Senate could vote on a version of the House's health-care bill as soon as next week, and key senators - as well as the health and human services secretary and possibly even the president - haven't seen it.
Senate Republicans will finally unveil their healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday - and aim to vote on the measure next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday.
If Senate Republicans are able to pass their bill next week, it would then go back to the House, where the Senate bill and the House's American Health Care Act would need to be reconciled before being sent to President Trump's desk.
But what happens if Senate leadership comes to Paul with a bill he doesn't like but that is one vote short, leaving Paul to either vote for the Republican plan or keep Obamacare?
The AHCA also would allow states under certain circumstances to apply for waivers that exempt insurance companies from having to cover numerous essential health benefits that are guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act.
McConnell responded, "I would just say to my friend, we're going to have a meeting of all the senators right here on the Senate floor, all 100 of us, with an unlimited amendment process".
"The plan.is to release the bill on Thursday and legislative text, and my sense is that that's the track we're on", said Sen.
"It's apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership", said conservative Sen. A week ago, Trump called the version the House approved last month "mean".
Tuesday afternoon will be a critical moment for the fate of the Senate health care bill. The GOP must also decide on whether to continue to make payments owed to insurers under Obamacare that help the companies subsidize costs for insuring low-income Americans.
Opinion polls suggest that a majority of Americans disapprove of the bill to replace Obamacare which has passed the House of Representative and awaiting Senate consideration.