A small group of Republican senators have been working together trying to come with an overhaul bill for Obamacare. The last effort fell short by one vote, that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). The new group are hopeful that they can secure 50 votes and then rely on Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote to move the bill forward.
Opponents are already saying that the new proposal still results in millions of American losing their healthcare, indicating that they believe it to be a bad bill. The figures are produced by the same outfit that said that Obamacare would result in nearly twice as many Americans getting healthcare than what really did, so how can anyone trust their predictions on the Republican plans?
Senators pushing a last-ditch Obamacare repeal effort this week are up against the same old problem: math.
This small group of Republicans — led by Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham — appear convinced they can rework the equation to secure that ever-elusive 50th vote for their measure, finally passing a bill overhauling the Affordable Care Act with a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Pence and moving closer to their goal of repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health-care law.
There will be a lot of moving parts to watch this week. Republicans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to rush a score of the Graham-Cassidy bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office confirmed yesterday. McConnell plans to take the temperature of his leadership team and his entire conference over the next few days. They have only two weeks left to scrape together enough support, since the budget reconciliation bill they’re using expires at the end of the month…
One of the authors of the new plan believes that they have won the support of McCain giving them the 50 votes they need to send it to Pence for the tie-breaker. However, that’s also counting all of those who supported the other Senate replacement for Obamacare will also vote for this latest attempt. Frankly, the way Republicans were ill-prepared to keep this important campaign promise is not only a huge disappointment but a disastrous failure that could cost them dearly in upcoming elections.