One of the Republican senators who’s opposing his party’s health-care bill as written says the Senate shouldn’t vote on the plan this week.
But many Republicans believe that survey data show voters will punish anyone who doesn’t substantially alter Obamacare, making passage of some reform imperative.
The Senate is now considering a new version of the bill, which has faced fierce criticism from politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill’s chances of passing are 50-50, insisting that Democrats would do “everything we can to fight this bill, because it’s so devastating for the middle class”.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has pushed for a vote before the July 4th Independence Day holiday recess that begins at the end of this week.
“We’re very confident that the Senate bill will get through”, Conway said.
Five senators have already announced their opposition to the Senate bill.
“I want to see a bill with heart”, he said, confirming a switch from his laudatory statements about the House bill at a Rose Garden ceremony with House Republican leaders last month.
With not a single Democrat supporting the bill, Republicans face some legislative arm-twisting to rally their rank and file.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, White House aide Kellyanne Conway said she would not reveal conversations between the White House and a sitting justice, but added that “we’re paying very close attention to this last bit of decisions”.
“We don’t have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare”, the president said, referring to the Affordable Care Act, his predecessor’s signature piece of legislation.
In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.
On Twitter, Kennedy said: “I’ll be reading through the Senate health care bill this weekend”.
Paul, who previously worked as an ophthalmologist, said GOP leaders were “promising too much” by stating the bill would drive down premiums. Trump earlier attacked Democrats for their “slam” on the healthcare proposal. “We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process and I think that at least is good”. “Look I’ve been in medicine 20 years. premiums have never gone down”. “We should not be voting on this next week”. Famous last words, right?
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.
On Monday, Republicans issued a revised version of their bill, imposing a six-month waiting period to get medical insurance for those who allow their coverage to lapse for more than two months.
Johnson framed his call to delay the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act as a bid for transparency, arguing that it would give the public more time to see what the bill really entails.