A new report states that Trumpcare, which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, is dead on arrival in the Senate. The Senate will put forth their own version instead.
According to The Washington Examiner, the Senate Republicans plan on inserting parts of the House bill into theirs, but ultimately the Senate version of Trumpcare will start from scratch. They’re simply looking for a bill that can pass the 51-vote threshold through the reconciliations process, which would be sent back to the House if passed.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) told the Examiner that “a 12-member working group” had been working together on an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill for weeks and that a senator who “has been an integral part of the discussions” is Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). That should be concerning to conservatives, as the plan that Collins previously put forward with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) repealed even less of Obamacare than the version of Trumpcare that passed the House on Thursday.
Cornyn also told the Examiner that there wasn’t a set deadline for passing the Senate version of Trumpcare, as the timing all hinges on finding a bill that reaches the 51-vote threshold.
“It’s up to us to pass a bill 51 senators can agree to,” said Cornyn.
If you thought that the House version of Trumpcare was bad, then all indications point toward the Senate version being even worse:
On April 26, Horowitz called on “Senate conservatives (the few who remain) to step up to the plate and restart the narrative from a position of strength.”
“They should use the House bill as a floor, not a ceiling for repealing Obamacare,” wrote Horowitz. “And that floor must spring forth an array of ideas to move health care away from government control instead of doubling down on it.”
Now more than ever does Horowitz’s call to action ring true, because unless Senate conservatives step up, Obamacare will never fully be repealed.