Rand Paul: Senate GOP health care bill still at impasse

Jul 11, 2017, 00:42
Rand Paul: Senate GOP health care bill still at impasse

Schumer earlier this year had said Democrats would not work on a health care plan with Republicans if efforts to repeal Obamacare were a part of the new legislation, and Republican leaders have been trying to pass their bill through a Senate procedure called "reconciliation", which would only require 50 votes to pass.

At least 10 Republican senators have opposed the bill in its current form, but many more have criticized the legislation or said they are undecided.

"If you shut out the adversary or the opposite party, you're going to end up the same way Obamacare did when they rammed it through with 60 votes - only, guess what, we don't have 60 votes."

Sen. McCain recently said on Fox News, "Clearly, the draft plan is dead". "Is the serious rewrite plan dead?"

"We don't know what the plan is", said Sen.

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The Naples Republican's comments come as Congress returns to an unresolved debate over GOP proposals to roll back much of former President Barack Obama's health care law. "It means they can have amendments considered", McCain said. "That's what democracy is supposed to be all about".

Sen. Dean Heller, who is now a "no" on the bill, got yelled at by a man back home to vote for the bill.

Also Vice President Mike Pence - who's been active with Hill Republicans' health care discussions - went horseback riding Saturday with Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference Roy Blunt of Missouri as well as another crucial White House voice on health care: Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded", Trump tweeted on Sunday. Assuming that all 48 Democrats vote against the bill, the bill will fail if any three Republicans refuse to support the bill. But McConnell also acknowledged that if the broader effort fails, he may turn to a smaller bill with quick help for insurers and consumers and negotiate with Democrats. Paul said he and his one-time rival for the GOP presidential nomination share a "conservative vision" for revamping health care.

It's been a turbulent few weeks since Senate Republicans released legislation to dismantle Obamacare. Ted Cruz event in Texas and inside two offices of Sen.

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Cruz's plan, which aims to lower premiums for healthy people, has drawn support from the White House and some conservatives in the House, which would have to approve any modified bill passed by the Senate. Skeptics said it looks like a ploy to get around protections for people with pre-existing conditions, though Mr. Cruz insists it's the best way to drive down premiums. Cruz cast his plan as a compromise to unify the party on a GOP health bill.

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GOP senators' public stance is that they'll keep plugging away at a comprehensive bill to repeal and replace that Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Cassidy cautioned that if senators are unable to reach agreement by the end of July then a "repeal-only" bill would be a non-starter. John McCain, Arizona Republican, told CBS' "Face the Nation".

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