GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 0:06
On Tuesday, McConnell told reporters in Washington to expect the draft repeal legislation on Thursday.
The bill is the Republicans' latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. But acknowledged he doesn't know what's in the Senate bill, even though the Blue plans he represents as chairman of the association insure one-third of all Americans.
Republican leaders will need the support of at least 50 of the chamber's 52 Republicans to ensure passage of the bill this time.
Rights and Democracy, a liberal group based in Vermont, has publicly asked Scott to speak out against the bill.
Among the critics has been Sen. He plans to roll out the bill text this week, and vote on it next week.
Some GOP senators have complained that McConnell is rushing the revised bill to a vote without sharing its contents or debating them in public, but his gamble appears like it will pay off, reported Politico.
Murray likewise issued a compelling plea for her GOP colleagues "to bring this process out from the shadows". She said an analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected Monday, would be "extremely important to me because I want to know the impact on coverage and on cost".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said: "I come from a manufacturing background".
A self-appointed go-between for Senate Republicans and conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus, the firebrand Texan has inserted himself in nearly every aspect of the health care negotiations.
Besides Lee and Cruz, conservative Sen.
More moderate senators like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are also seen as potential "no" votes on the other end of the spectrum.
Murkowski has opposed past conservative efforts to include language barring federal payments to Planned Parenthood, a group many Republicans abhor because it provides abortions. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week.
In a video on Tuesday, Senator Mike Lee, a conservative from Utah who is in the healthcare working group, said even he had not yet seen a draft.
"If the Republicans continue down this path, ignoring the principles of transparency and the open debate that define this legislative body, we Democrats will continue to do everything we can to shine a light on what our Republican friends are doing", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor.
In a new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey, 3 out of 10 Republican voters said they disapprove of the House GOP's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
"This year's discussion began with a focus on the ACA's individual insurance market, but current healthcare proposals go further and do not enact meaningful, needed repairs to the ACA", the letter says.
"There's only one possible reason why my friends on the other side are going along with this process, only one reason: they are ashamed of the bill they're writing", Schumer said in a floor speech on Tuesday, standing next to a sign that quoted Trump calling the Republican health care bill "mean". Another possibility was letting states drop some coverage requirements Obama's law imposes on insurers, they said.
"It's hard to do something in secret when the other side says they don't want to work with you", Heller said.