Mitch McConnell vows to take a vote on healthcare soon despite the fact there is no finalized plan, the CBO obviously has no input on the matter, and there is no consensus – even among Republicans.
Here we go again. Senator Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Republicans would release yet another version of their failed health bill on Thursday. Reuters reported that McConnell hopes to begin debate and vote on the proposal next week. He released no particulars about the new version and how it might better appeal to moderates and the deeply conservative Republicans.
“I’m very pessimistic,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on the Fox News Channel of the chances a bill will pass. Grassley, first elected in 1980, said that Republicans have been promising for years to repeal Obama’s 2010 statute and said, “There are consequences if you don’t deliver on election promises, and there ought to be.”
The healthcare issue has become almost a free for all, Politico reported that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is working on his own version of a bill. “I’m working with some senators to come up with a new approach to deal with how to replace Obamacare,” Graham told reporters. “I think it will be fundamentally different. I think it will potentially attract some Democrats.”
Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are pushing for a revision that will allow insurers to sell low cost bare bone policies, but they must also sell policies with a list of services similar to ObamaCare.
What is patently clear is that there is so much dissension in the Republican party over healthcare that it will take much longer than a week for this or any bill to pass. Until the Republicans realize that no one wants their unhealthy bill, they may never repeal ObamaCare.