acing unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans can only afford defections from two of their 52 senators
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, (R), speaks to the media with Sen. John Barrasso, Republican Wyoming , after a Republican policy luncheon, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin, photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
21 of June 2017 14:13:18
WASHINGTON – Republican senators complained about their party's secretive health care bill Wednesday, a day before GOP leaders planned to finally release their plan for erasing much of President Barack Obama's health care law.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was expected to push for a vote next week on the legislation, which would eliminate much of Obama's 2010 overhaul and leave government with a diminished role in providing coverage and helping people afford it."We believe we can do better than the Obamacare status quo, and we fully intend to do so," said McConnell, Republican from Kentucky.Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans can only afford defections from two of their 52 senators to push the measure through the Senate. Enough of them have voiced concerns to leave the bill's fate uncertain.https://youtu.be/DHe5tc9QSlEAmong the critics has been Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican from Wisconsin, who expressed doubts that there'd be enough time to study the bill's impacts in time for a vote late next week."I've made leadership well aware of the fact that I need information to make the final decision. And if I don't have the information to justify a yes vote, I won't be voting yes," he told reporters.Moderate Sen. Susan Collins, Republican from Maine, said she had "no idea" if she'd back the legislation until she sees the language. She said an analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), expected Monday, would be "extremely important to me because I want to know the impact on coverage and on cost."The budget office concluded that the House-approved version of the bill would cost 23 million U.S. citizens health coverage by 2026.On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas, said that there's "more work to do" before the bill adequately cuts premiums.