Oy, the only chance this bill has of not passing is because these Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and two others don’t think this bill is mean enough. But same thing happened in the House. The GOP will tweak it a bit to please them and then we’re all fucked.
Washington (CNN)Four conservative Republican senators announced Thursday that they opposed the current version of GOP Senate leadership’s health care bill as written.
Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement they’re “not ready to vote for this bill.”
“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,” the senators said. “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.”
Republicans can only lose two members of their 52-senator caucus in order to pass their proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. In a 50-50 outcome, Vice President Mike Pence would provide the tie-breaking vote.