WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate Republican health care bill (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are “that far off” on passing a health overhaul to replace “Obamacare.” But some lawmakers have doubts.
Trump tells “Fox and Friends” he believes his majority party is “going to get there.”
That optimism runs counter to the public opposition of five Republican senators so far to the Senate GOP plan that would scuttle much of former President Barack Obama’s health law. And several lawmakers acknowledge that getting majority support will be tough.
Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn says passing a health care bill won’t get any easier if Republican leaders delay a Senate vote on the GOP health care plan.
The Senate’s No. 2 Republican said the Senate is on pace to hold a key procedural vote Wednesday. He said he feels “a sense of urgency” to push forward because the health care system is in “full meltdown mode.”
Cornyn made the comments Sunday at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado.
He acknowledged the bill has critics: “Some people have been more public about concerns but said they want to get to yes.” He said the vote is “going to be close” and President Donald Trump is “going to be important in the process.”
President Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the health care law Republicans deride as “Obamacare.”
But Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday the Senate’s current plan to overhaul health care “is not a full repeal or full replace.”
The Republican lawmaker says, “This is largely a Medicaid reform package.”
Senate Republican leaders are scrambling for enough votes to approve their health care legislation as soon as this week.
Sasse said he’s neither…