House Republicans had a very difficult time drumming up enough votes from their own ranks to pass their anemic Obamacare replacement bill. After weeks of closed door deliberations, the Senate Republicans working on their version finally released it to the rest of the Senate and the nation and it’s flying like a lead balloon. It didn’t take long before 4 key Republican senators came out and said they would not vote for the GOP senate version released yesterday.
Key Republican senators came out against the Senate Republican health care plan on Thursday, and their opposition is enough to defeat the package before a vote.
Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said they would not vote on the Senate Republican plan in its current form.
“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor,” the statement said. “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft, as written, will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal ObamaCare and lower their health care costs.” …
Sen. Rand Paul said he would not vote for the current Senate version, but also said he does not want to defeat the bill, but to work to revise it into something better. He also predicted that reworking the Senate version could take more than a week. Sen. Ted Cruz said he hasn’t had a chance to fully review the bill, but knows there are sections he likes and others that says are problematic.