Schumer: Repeal bill will look like 'Swiss cheese' after Senate

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) promised Sunday that the House healthcare repeal bill will look like "Swiss cheese" when the Senate is done with it.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he'll use parliamentary procedure to make sure that the Republicans get a vote on the healthcare repeal bill in the Senate.

"Mitch McConnell has the right to offer an amendment," Schumer said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "If he does -- if the Republicans offer an amendment on the floor, then we will require them to vote on the individual protections in the bill that are very popular and that even some of the new Republican House members have said they support.

"So in the end, their repeal bill is going to be so full of holes it looks like Swiss cheese," he said.

Schumer said Democrats would put the GOP on the hot seat over provisions such as the doughnut hole for prescription drug benefits, allowing twentysomethings to stay on their parents' healthcare plans, and free check-ups for seniors on Medicare.

"So I think, at the end of the day, their effort to repeal is not going to work at all," he said. "If they try it, they're going to learn that."


Schumer said that he and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) asking that if analysis finds that seniors would have to return $250 doughnut hole rebates received last year, then Cantor would repeal his bill.

"It shows this, you know, rush to recall the entire bill, which almost all Americans believe have good parts, even those who are for repeal," he said. "Only 20 percent are for full repeal and the rest say keep the good parts of it."

But Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CBS that Americans expect no less than a healthcare repeal vote in the Senate.

"We need to have a vote on it because we promised the people we would," he said.

"Look, the message we campaigned in November, in the last November elections that we would repeal and replace," McCain said. "And we have to have a vote on repeal so that everybody is on record whether they want to repeal. And then I think piece by piece we go through, quote, replacing.

"Now I'm told already that the Democrats may agree with us on some changes. But there needs to be a lot more changes than what they're willing to agree to. and it has to be the subject of a national debate."