Despite the fact that the GOP has not released a public version of the bill nor is there any indication if the GOP has enough votes they just announced on Wednesday when they would vote…
The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been touting that he is going to get health care bill done, and yesterday he even announced on Thursday the bill would be made public.
Now, we want to be fair as to where this information came from, NBC News is reporting:
The expectation on Capitol Hill is there will be an outline of a proposal as soon as Wednesday, according to two Republican aides, aiming for a vote next week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pushing for a vote before June 30th, the beginning of the one-week July 4th recess. But his lieutenants in leadership drove speculation that a vote could, in fact, happen in the next two weeks.
“We have 52 Republican Senators all wanting to get to yes to find a solution and I believe we’re going to vote before the July 4th recess,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the fourth-ranking Republican, said on CNBC Monday morning.
But agreements have not been reached among Republicans yet on key sticking points, including Medicaid, opioid treatment and how to help people with pre-existing conditions pay for insurance.
Anticipating an imminent vote on health care as soon as next week, Senate Democrats began a full-court press to highlight their opposition to the GOP legislation, seeking to draw attention to a secretive legislative process that could dramatically scale back Medicaid and alter the individual insurance market.
Democrats plan to take to the Senate floor throughout Monday evening for a “talk-a-thon” to discuss a potential bill they haven’t seen and can’t stop without the votes of at least three GOP senators if and when it reaches the floor.
And they are looking to use all parliamentary procedures available to them to slow down not only any business related to health care but any other Senate business, including floor votes and committee hearings.
Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, began their opposition by asking for a series of consent agreements, including to send the health care bill through the Senate Finance and Health Committees. They also asked that the health care bill not alter veterans health care. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to all requests.
So at the least, the rumor in Congress is that it’s about to go down but, we’ll just have to wait and see. Do you think the Republicans will pass a health care bill?
Source: NBC News