Has Lindsey Graham lost all hope in healthcare for this year? After being asked about the passing of the healthcare bill, Graham stated that he doesn’t believe the Senate will pass the healthcare bill:
“I don’t think there will be. I just don’t think we can put it together among ourselves.”
His statement rode on the heels of the Senate Republicans meeting on Tuesday which is set to discuss a plan for repealing and replacing ObamaCare. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn has urged senators to finish the health care debate by the end of July, but Sen. Richard Burr has sided with Graham saying he doubts it will be done during 2017.
According to The Hill, the first part of the bill, which covers the main provisions, has already been approved and sent forward:
“The Republican-majority House passed a bill in early May that repeals and replaces key provisions of ObamaCare, which many Republican lawmakers have vowed to repeal. The vote is now in the hands of upper chamber.”
According to The Wall Street, a few Senate Republicans are hoping to have a CBO or Congressional Budget Office score before their legislation vote in July. That vote will be nearly impossible. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was going to be difficult to get the needed votes:
“I don’t know how we get to 50 [votes] at the moment.”
The Republicans do have the upper hand with 52 seats, but if only two defects, it could cause problems for the Republican party. Another tie, the first being earlier this year, would make Vice President Pence cast the finishing vote.
Credit: The Hill