Senate GOP healthcare bill faces opposition for not fully repealing Obamacare
Within hours after unveiling the GOP Senate healthcare bill on Thursday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) didn’t hesitate to take sides. Sen. Cornyn has publicly stated he would back the bill while Sen. Cruz has joined three other senators in opposing it.
“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,” Cruz said in a joint statement with U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
“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,” they added.
But Cornyn, a member of Senate leadership, fought hard for the bill on the Senate floor Thursday morning.
A vote could be made as early as this week and GOP leaders are scrambling to win over the reluctant Republican senators to get 50 required votes with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tiebreaking vote. Lawmakers are working fast to replace Obamacare with a bill that is, unfortunately, keeping provisions within the current law. Click here and urge lawmakers to find solutions to replace and fully repeal Obamacare.