Senate Republican leaders unveiled what they called a “discussion draft” of their long-awaited health care bill, a part of the party’s ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Four Republican senators have already come out in opposition to the Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, jeopardizing its passage.
Critics on both sides of the aisle said the bill, which was drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate leaders and committee staffers, has been shrouded in secrecy.
Trump told reporters today that there will be “a little negotiation, but it’s going to be very good.”
Republicans ‘not ready’ to support the bill
GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky released a joint statement saying, “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor.”
They added, “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”
In a separate statement, Paul said he’ll oppose the bill “in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations.”
“The current bill does not repeal Obamacare. It does not keep our promises to the American people,” he said.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters she has “not yet had the opportunity to read the text of the bill, and the details really matter.”
“I see some positive features of this bill that are improvements over the House, and I see some negative features based on my first analysis,” she said. “I don’t like the provision that eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood. It makes no sense to single out Planned Parenthood from all the Medicaid providers. There’s already a ban against using…