Obamacare repeal imminent in Congress: Pence

Republican Senate leaders are set to release details of their sweeping health-care reform bill Thursday morning, but three new reports out Wednesday revealed details expected to be in that controversial legislation.

"We believe we can do better than the Obamacare status quo, and we fully intend to do so", said McConnell, R-Ky.

Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate and can afford to lose only two of their members if they hope to pass the bill, which is opposed by all Democrats and the two independents.

Building the bill publicly might not change anyone's mind, but it could lend legitimacy to a Congress that has squandered its credibility with the public over the last decade.

Among the critics has been Sen.

While no final decision will be made by the parliamentarian until there is a formal bill, she has given strong indications against the abortion language. "And if I don't have the information to justify a yes vote, I won't be voting yes", he told reporters.

"Listen, there has to be private meetings all the time, but I think there should be more public debate on it", he said.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced that the Senate parliamentarian cleared the House GOP's repeal bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), for Senate consideration under reconciliation.

Axios' article on the Senate bill said it probably will not include a controversial provision that had been in the House bill, which would have allowed states to obtain waivers that would let insurers not offer certain essential health benefits to customers and to let them charge sicker people higher premiums.

Earlier Wednesday, conservative Sen.

He said it makes no sense to replace Obamacare with a bill that has its own set of problems. And Alaska moderate Lisa Murkowski said she didn't know how she'd vote, adding, "I have no idea what the deal is".

One provision in trouble is language defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion services and has always been targeted by Republicans. But as of now, victory is not guaranteed and he stopped short of definitely scheduling the vote for next week.

Democrats have also lambasted McConnell for writing the sweeping legislation in closed-door meetings. Now, only 26 percent of independents support the House GOP bill, while 53 percent oppose it.

The House passed its version in May, while the Senate measure is now being drafted by 13 male Republican senators who have kept the process and details of the bill tightly under wraps. But Republicans from states that expanded Medicaid, like Ohio's Rob Portman, want to extend that to seven years.

Barrasso's comments come as Senate Republican leaders are preparing to release a draft of their bill Thursday with the goal of a possible Senate vote before the July 4 recess.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have none of it.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., is in a unique position as a leader among his colleagues. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, who also described the Republican's draft of the bill "morally bankrupt" and "evil".

  • Larry Hoffman