A revised version of the Senate’s recently-drafted healthcare bill could come as early as Monday, according to a report in Bloomberg, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushes for a vote to take place before the lawmakers take their July 4 recess.
Some senators are demanding changes to the bill, which faces a slim path to passage, as McConnell can only afford two defections and still pass the new healthcare legislation, which was released in draft form for the first time Thursday.
It’s like the time Speaker Paul Ryan tried to pass a House bill in May before being slapped down by conservative and moderate GOP factions, but McConnell is facing a much smaller margin of error to pass H.R. 1628.
Republicans identified as possible holdouts on the vote include Nevada’s Senator Dean Heller, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
The Congressional Budget Office is expected to issue an analysis early this week regarding the number of Americans who may lose health insurance under the new bill.
The CBO has said that the House version, which cuts $834 billion from Medicaid and $664 billion in tax cuts, would cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance by 2026.
No. 2 Republican leader Senator John Cornyn of Texas has predicted that McConnell will likely introduce a revised bill in the Senate on Tuesday in a move which would spark a 20-hour debate later in the week, followed by an all-night “vote-a-rama” to consider an untold amount of amendments — some of which are designed by Democrats to obstruct the process — before taking a final vote on Friday morning.
But there’s always the chance that the vote could be delayed until after the break, which is what most Democrats and some Republicans have been hoping for as they call for more time to examine the proposed healthcare bill.
Potential revisions to the measure include more funding to combat opioid addiction, and some are concerned about the proposed one-year ban on funds for Planned Parenthood.
The Senates’s bill gives more assistance to the needy than the House bill does, with some calling it a “watered-down version of ObamaCare.”
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