There is a lot of buzz in DC about the mystery healthcare bill.
Reportedly, senators are prepared to move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill, but as of now it’s unknown whether the legislation will seek to replace Obamacare or just repeal it.
According to Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, this week’s procedural vote will let senators begin their debate and propose amendments. Acknowledging that senators should know beforehand which bill they will be considering, Senator Thune stated Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will make a decision soon.
Neither version is popular, but McConnell is making a last-ditch effort this week after President Trump insisted that senators send him some kind of health overhaul bill to sign before they leave town for the August recess.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) told reporters that the current legislation is unacceptable. “I think it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare, the death spiral will continue and we’re going to subsidize it,” he said during a TV appearance Sunday. “There’s less money from the government going to poor people, but there’s more money from the government going to rich people who run insurance companies. I think when voters find out that Republicans gave billions of dollars to rich insurance companies and took money away from poor people getting Medicaid, I think that’s a disaster.”
President Trump tweeted Sunday night, “If Republicans don’t Repeal and Replace the disastrous ObamaCare, the repercussions will be far greater than any of them understand!”
If Republicans don't Repeal and Replace the disastrous ObamaCare, the repercussions will be far greater than any of them understand!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
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